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About SamirD

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  1. Ah, gotcha. And that makes sense. Such a requirement would only be if one needed it, ie commercial use. It's amazing how much very expensive equipment still uses good old reliable dos to do the job.
  2. Pretty unreal that DOS can access a larger partition size than 9x. Wait, but isn't 9x still based on DOS? I remember I would always take the command.com from 9x and use it under win3.1. So then what version of DOS is the patched DOS that works?
  3. Such great new information! Thank you for all the research!
  4. Yeah, the documentation here on the WD formatter is much more detailed than WD's docs on it. I wish I would have found this earlier as I was curious if I had to 'install' the software or not. Wow, I didn't know you could even have larger sector sizes than 4k. I guess these would be emulated then so 8Ke, 16Ke, etc. It would be interesting to see what these would do, but I wouldn't want to mess with them unless you could somehow reverse the process. Perhaps some linux commands? I know the guys on servethehome (enterprise computing forum) know ways to format 520k and 528k drives to standard 512k, so I'm thinking the same tools could be used for resetting a drive back to 512/4k from whatever it gets set to.
  5. I know it's a bit of a bump and I wish I found this thread earlier, but I wanted to confirm that the WD Formatter still works today. I used it on 2x 10TB Bestbuy WD Easystore drives and was able to create 5x fat32 partitions on each drive that work both under xp and win7. I learned something too as I was not aware that the formatter will allow changing the drive back to 512e in win7.
  6. I registered just to say a big THANK YOU to this thread. I have 2 of the 10TB Best Buy cheap externals that have been selling multiple times this year both formatted MBR with 5x FAT32 partitions on each. NTFS always messes up the original dates of files depending on the system time so I only use FAT32 when original dates are important. And thanks to this thread, I was able to make them both work after some persistence. I bet they would even work in a 98se system with the right usb driver, but I haven't rebuilt mine yet.
  7. I've been into computers for decades now and kept running into this site when searching for various things, so today when a link came up I registered. :D
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