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The Multi-Boot Configuration Handbook by Roderick Smith

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MS-DOS's and Windows 9x's FDISK

One of the first disk partitioning programs was MS-DOS's Fixed Disk utility (FDISK). This program, which still ships with Windows 9x, has changed remarkably little in recent years. MS-DOS's FDISK is a text-mode program with a simple but somewhat awkward user interface. It suffers from limitations in a multi-OS environment but can still be quite useful for creating a basic partition setup.

Tip

MS-DOS's FDISK supports a command-line switch, /MBR, that rewrites the master boot record of a hard disk. This feature can be extremely useful if you want to remove an MBR-based boot loader such as System Commander or Linux's LILO.

▸ To learn more about the MBR, see The Handoff to the OS.

Creating FAT Partitions

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