Welcome to the MacNN Forums.

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

You are here: MacNN Forums > Enthusiast Zone > Classic Macs and Mac OS > Erasing a volume as DOS format

Erasing a volume as DOS format
Thread Tools
Senior User
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: Milkyway Galaxy
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Apr 17, 2002, 11:33 PM

I would like to erase a volume of my hard drive as a DOS-formatted volume. When I select my disk, and do Special > Erase disk..., I get the usual "Completely erase disk..." modal dialog box. However, in the Format: pop-up field, their are only two choices: HFS and HFS+ ! What happened to DOS-formatted disk? I'm almost sure it was possible to do so from the OS. I also tried using Disk First Aid, but that gives me the exact same dialog box with only those two options. I could start up from a CD and use Drive Setup, but that doesn't allow you to erase/initialize an individual volume, just the entire disk -- which isn't what I want.

I tried selecting all different kinds of volumes I have on my desktop: different sizes and HFS/HFS+ combinations -- but I always got that same dialog box with only those two options.

So how do I accomplish this? Please advise.
Death To Extremists!
Forum Regular
Join Date: Feb 2001
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Apr 18, 2002, 12:03 AM
File Exchange may be turned off in Extensions Manager.

Mac Elite
Join Date: May 1999
Location: San Jose, CA
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Apr 18, 2002, 12:34 AM
It's been a while, but aren't you able to format floppies as DOS format, not hard drives?

I don't recall ever seeing the option to format a hard drive as DOS format.

Mind you, I can't ever think I've needed to, so I haven't looked that closely.

Even so, FAT has a size limit of 4GB (you can't have a FAT volume larger than this), so even if the OS supports formatting DOS volumes, it might be smart enough to realize that the volume you're formatting is too large for the FAT file system.
Gods don't kill people - people with Gods kill people.
Thread Tools
Forum Links
Forum Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Privacy Policy
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:34 PM.
All contents of these forums © 1995-2017 MacNN. All rights reserved.
Branding + Design: www.gesamtbild.com
vBulletin v.3.8.8 © 2000-2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.,