FORMAT Command Formats Current Drive in MS-DOS 1.x, 2.x

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SUMMARY

In MS-DOS versions 1.x and 2.x, the FORMAT command formats the current drive unless another drive is specified. For example, the command
   C:\dos>format
				
formats drive C.

MS-DOS versions 3.0 and later require that you specify the drive to be formatted (for example, FORMAT C:); if no drive is specified, FORMAT displays the error:
Required parameter missing

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Also in versions 3.0 and later, FORMAT displays the message
WARNING, ALL DATA ON NON-REMOVABLE DISK DRIVE C: WILL BE LOST!
Proceed with Format (Y/N)?
when you issue the FORMAT command for a hard drive. To format the drive, press Y, then press ENTER.

In MS-DOS versions 4.x, FORMAT requires that you enter the drive volume label before it will format a hard disk. This protection feature was removed from MS-DOS versions 5.0 and 5.0a.

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Article ID: 84297 - Last Review: November 16, 2006 - Revision: 2.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 1.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft MS-DOS 2.11 Standard Edition
  • 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
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