"Windows was unable to complete the format" error message when you try to format an MO disk with the FAT file system in Windows 2000

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This article applies to Windows 2000. Support for Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010. The Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center is a starting point for planning your migration strategy from Windows 2000. For more information see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy.
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SYMPTOMS

In Microsoft Windows 2000, when you try to format a magneto-optic (MO) disk with the FAT file system, you may receive the following error message:
Windows was unable to complete the format.

CAUSE

This problem occurs because Windows cannot read the FAT partition table. The problem may occur when the following conditions are true:
  • The MO disk is already formatted with the FAT file system.
  • The file system on the MO disk uses 2048 bytes per sector.
  • A non-Microsoft operating system was used to format the MO disk.
This problem does not occur if MS-DOS or the Windows operating system was used to format the MO disk.

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, format the MO disk with the NTFS file system. Then, reformat the MO disk with the FAT file system.

MORE INFORMATION

This problem may occur with the following sizes of MO media:
  • 640 megabytes (MB)
  • 1.3 gigabytes (GB)
  • 2.3 gigabytes (GB)

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Article ID: 889718 - Last Review: October 30, 2006 - Revision: 2.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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