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Microsoft KB Archive/35766

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Supported Values for FORMAT /N and /T Switches

Article ID: 35766

Article Last Modified on 5/10/2003



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.1
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.21 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.3 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 3.3a
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 4.01 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 5.0a
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.21 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 6.22 Standard Edition



This article was previously published under Q35766

SUMMARY

The FORMAT.COM utility supports two new switches, /N and /T. The /N switch allows you to specify the number of tracks on the disk to be formatted. Similarly, the /T switch allows you to specify the number of sectors per track on the disk to be formatted. You must use the /T and /N switches together; you cannot use them separately.

These are "open-ended" switches. That is, they do not work for all values, only values that are supported by the ROM BIOS of your system. Specifying a value that is not supported by the ROM BIOS results in the FORMAT.COM utility returning the error "parameters not supported."


Additional query words: 6.22 3.20 3.21 3.30 3.30a 4.00 5.00 6.00 6.20

Keywords: KB35766