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Hihihihihihi

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Formatting batch file
« on: May 28, 2004, 04:33:49 PM »
I'm trying to make a batch file that will format the c: drive instantly, without prompting the user.  I tried:
Format c: /y /u
However it will not work since the c: drive is currently being used.  Is there any other way to do this?  Thanks.

jimmy fonga

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Re: Formatting batch file
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2004, 08:35:21 AM »
!!!caution n00bs!!!!

format /autotest

format /backup will prompt you for a volume label

jimmy fonga

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Re: Formatting batch file
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2004, 08:38:25 AM »
you can also add the /X to your command.

see results of format /? > format.txt

Formats a disk for use with Windows XP.

FORMAT volume [/FS:file-system] [/V:label] [/Q] [/A:size] [/C] [/X]
FORMAT volume [/V:label] [/Q] [/F:size]
FORMAT volume [/V:label] [/Q] [/T:tracks /N:sectors]
FORMAT volume [/V:label] [/Q]
FORMAT volume [/Q]

 volume          Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
                 mount point, or volume name.
 /FS:filesystem  Specifies the type of the file system (FAT, FAT32, or NTFS).
 /V:label        Specifies the volume label.
 /Q              Performs a quick format.
 /C              NTFS only: Files created on the new volume will be compressed
                 by default.
 /X              Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary.  All opened
                 handles to the volume would no longer be valid.
 /A:size         Overrides the default allocation unit size. Default settings
                 are strongly recommended for general use.
                 NTFS supports 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K, 64K.
                 FAT supports 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K, 64K,
                 (128K, 256K for sector size > 512 bytes).
                 FAT32 supports 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16K, 32K, 64K,
                 (128K, 256K for sector size > 512 bytes).

                 Note that the FAT and FAT32 files systems impose the
                 following restrictions on the number of clusters on a volume:

                 FAT: Number of clusters <= 65526
                 FAT32: 65526 < Number of clusters < 4177918

                 Format will immediately stop processing if it decides that
                 the above requirements cannot be met using the specified
                 cluster size.

                 NTFS compression is not supported for allocation unit sizes
                 above 4096.

 /F:size         Specifies the size of the floppy disk to format (1.44)
 /T:tracks       Specifies the number of tracks per disk side.
 /N:sectors      Specifies the number of sectors per track.