----------------------- MS-DOS v6.22 Help: UNFORMAT ------------------------
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Restores a disk that was erased by using the FORMAT command.
UNFORMAT restores only local hard disk drives and floppy disk drives; it
cannot be used on network drives. The UNFORMAT command can also rebuild a
corrupted disk partition table on a hard disk drive.
    UNFORMAT drive: [/L] [/TEST] [/P]
    Specifies the drive that contains the disk on which you want to recover
    Lists every file and subdirectory found by UNFORMAT. If you do not
    specify this switch, UNFORMAT lists only subdirectories and files that
    are fragmented. To suspend scrolling of the displayed list, press
    CTRL+S; to resume scrolling, press any key.
    Shows how UNFORMAT would recreate the information on the disk, but does
    not actually unformat the disk.
    Sends output messages to the printer connected to LPT1.
Related Command
For information about formatting a disk, see the <FORMAT> command.

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Limitation on the UNFORMAT command
If the FORMAT command was used with the /U switch, UNFORMAT cannot restore
the disk to its previous condition.
Unformatting a disk
The UNFORMAT command can restore your disk by using information in the root
directory and file allocation table on the disk.
As UNFORMAT rebuilds the disk, it displays how many subdirectories it has
found; if you specified the /L switch, it also shows you all files in each
If UNFORMAT finds a file that appears to be fragmented (that is, stored in
separate places on the disk), it cannot recover the file because it cannot
locate the remaining portions of the file. In this case, the UNFORMAT
command prompts you to confirm whether you want UNFORMAT to truncate the
file (that is, recover only the first part of the file that it can locate)
or delete the file altogether.
If UNFORMAT does not prompt you for a specific file, that file is most
likely intact. In certain circumstances, however, UNFORMAT may not recognize
that a file is fragmented, even though it has located only a portion of the
file. If this happens to a program file, the program does not run properly.
If this happens to a data file, information is lost and the program that
created the data file may not be able to read it. In these cases, your only
recourse is to restore the files from your original floppy disks or backup
Sector size of the hard disk
The sectors on your hard disk must be 512, 1024, or 2048 bytes.

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To determine whether UNFORMAT can restore a formatted disk in drive A, type
the following command:
    unformat a: /test
To restore a formatted disk in drive A, listing all files and
subdirectories, type the following command:
    unformat a: /l

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