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    Formatting Diskettes

    In Win 2000, after formatting a 3 1/2 disk, the usual statistics display of sectors, size etc. no longer appears, as it did in previous win versions. there is not even a check box to request this. Am I missing something really obvious??
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    Re: Formatting Diskettes

    There is no pop-up window after floppy formatting in Win2k; it supposed to remind you that there is no DOS mode supported. You can check floppy statistics by typing
    chkdsk a:
    at the command prompt. By the way, you can't create a bottable diskette in Win2k, unless you use the floppy image created for this.

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    Re: Formatting Diskettes

    ...and if you want to know how to do this (if for example, you have no 'back-up set' at the moment) get the CleanBoot doc from my web site (go to Index).

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    Re: Formatting Diskettes

    <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15> I can barely remember the last time I used a floppy. Ever since I got a zip drive and a CD burner, floppies have become pretty useless.

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    Re: Formatting Diskettes

    ..and an iMac presumably?

    How are you intending to get into your system if ever you need to perform a clean reboot and your CD won't read? Where do you load your CD ROM drivers from if you lose support? There's alot to be said for treading the knife-edge - just hope you don't fall off.

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    Re: Formatting Diskettes

    I was speaking in terms of storage. Floppies have become useless in that respect. I haven't removed the floppy drive from my system or anything <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15> like that. The only time I can think I might need a floppy is the situations you describe.

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    Re: Formatting Diskettes

    ...ah, right. There I would agree. One should never trust vital data to a floppy as the sole medium. I have had some that have kept it for years, but equally have had some nasty surprises. Mind you, I could say that about CD-RWs as well.
    That knife-edge now becomes the yellow-brick road...

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