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By ceray ·
What is the CORRECT way to do f-disk?

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by dmiles In reply to f-disk
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by TheChas In reply to f-disk

It depends on what you want to do, and which version of Windows you are using.

When I am dealing with a new drive, I run fdisk, and set up a boot partition just smaller than the maximum size for a given cluster size.
This means that I set up the primary DOS partition at multiples of 4GB.

When I am dealing with a used drive, I first run fdisk /mbr to clear out and re-build the master boot record.
If there are existing partitions, I delete them and start over.

There is a good article on partition strategy at

There are a number of links to fdisk tutorials and commands at

For Windows XP, I use fdisk to clear partitions from the boot drive, and allow XP to setup the drive as it installs.

Fdisk CANNOT read NTFS partitions, or those created by drive overlay utilities.


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by wlbowers In reply to f-disk

Go here and read all about it.

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