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                                   FDISK
 
Starts the Fdisk program, which configures a hard disk for use with MS-DOS.
 
Fdisk displays a series of menus to help you partition your hard disk(s) for
MS-DOS.
 
Syntax
 
To start the Fdisk program, use the following syntax:
 
    FDISK
 
To display partition information without starting the Fdisk program, use the
following syntax:
 
    FDISK /STATUS
 
Switch
 
/STATUS
    Displays an overview of the partition information of your computer's
    hard disk(s), without starting the Fdisk program.
 
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                                FDISK--Notes
 
Using Fdisk to partition a hard disk
 
You can use Fdisk for the following tasks:
 
*  Creating a primary MS-DOS partition

*  Creating an extended MS-DOS partition

*  Setting a partition to active

*  Deleting a partition

*  Displaying partition data

*  Selecting the next hard disk for partitioning, if a system has multiple
   hard disks
 
CAUTION:  Do not experiment with Fdisk. If you accidently delete a drive or
          partition, you will lose data from your hard disk.
 
Viewing partition information quickly and easily
 
To display an overview of your computer's partition information without
having to start the Fdisk program, use the /STATUS switch. If the /STATUS
switch doesn't provide enough detail about your hard disk, then start the
Fdisk program without the /STATUS switch and choose option 4.
 
Changing the size of a partition
 
To change the size of a partition, you must actually delete the partition
and create a new one with a different size.
 
Maximum partition size
 
The maximum partition size is 2 gigabytes.
 
CAUTION:  Deleting a partition deletes all the data stored on that
          partition.
 
Using Fdisk with SUBST
 
Fdisk does not work on a drive formed by using the SUBST command.
 
Limits of Fdisk
 
Fdisk does not work on a network or an Interlnk drive. Fdisk works only on
hard disks physically installed on your computer.
 
Fdisk and Compressed Drives
 
If your computer includes compressed drives, Fdisk does not display
information about those drives. A compressed disk drive exists on your
physical disk as a hidden, read-only system file called a compressed volume
file (CVF). The CVF is associated with a drive letter; you can then use the
files stored in that CVF. However, to Fdisk, the compressed volume file is
not a separate drive; it is a file just like any other file.
 
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