MSXForm

by snout on 15-10-2003, 22:45
Topic: MSX Related
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Source: Gigamix Online

MSXForm, created by Tatsu allows you to format a 2DD floppy disk in Windows 9x, 2000 and XP. You can choose whether you want to format the disk with an MSX-DOS1 or MSX-DOS2 bootsector. Apart from fully formatting the disk you can also just modify the bootsector. This tool is especially interesting for people using Windows XP, as it's quite hard to format 2DD disks in Windows XP.  

Relevant link: MSXForm website

Comments (12)

By anonymous

incognito ergo sum (109)

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15-10-2003, 22:48

Great!

By karloch

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15-10-2003, 23:19

Great util, but actually, it is possible to format 2DD floppies in Windows XP, format command have parameters to format 2DD. Konamiman posted on HispaMSX about the format command for XP. Microsoft just hide the 720 KB option, but the capability is still there...

By snout

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15-10-2003, 23:52

Ok, I changed that sentence a bit ;P Impossible -> Quite hard.

By karloch

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16-10-2003, 01:16

Microsoft indeed sucks...What do they get hidding the 2DD format option?... Will their OS look even worse because of that?...

By anonymous

incognito ergo sum (109)

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16-10-2003, 01:31

Not true.
format /f:720 works on Win98, but it really doesn't work on XP. At least not on mine!

By Guillian

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16-10-2003, 02:32

I think Karloch is talking about this:

FORMAT A: /T:80 /N:9 /X /V:label /FS:FAT

By anonymous

incognito ergo sum (109)

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16-10-2003, 02:52

o.O
ARE YOU SERIOUS?!
/me kicks bill gates in the nuts
There was nothing wrong with /f:720, and they still use it for 1.44 and 2.88 floppies... Unbelievable!

By sjoerd

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16-10-2003, 11:52

Wow. Microsoft rules!

By karloch

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16-10-2003, 17:18

Yeah, it was just as Guillian said. They just hide/block the /f:720, but it still possible to format floppies with 720KB using that parameters... Microsoft is getting more and more stupid everyday...

By Grauw

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17-10-2003, 17:01

Anyways they're not MSX-formatted, and this tool does that aswell, aside from making formatting at 720k easy Smile.

~Grauw

By Grauw

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17-10-2003, 17:05

Anyways they're not MSX-formatted, and this tool does that aswell, aside from making formatting at 720k easy Smile.

~Grauw

By Manuel

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17-10-2003, 19:08

Note that formatting on PC has two problems:
1) it has the wrong bootsector, which means it will hang your MSX when booting with the floppy inserted (as Grauw also said)
2) the interleaving is not optimal for MSX usage. This will result in a slowdown. In the past I tested this with DOSSCAN.COM: with MSX formatting I get about 17kB/s of speed, and with PC formatting about 10 to 12 kB/s. FYI.