Change in Functionality of FORMAT Command (41245)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 4.0
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 4.01
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.2
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.21
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.22
This article was previously published under Q41245
When you FORMAT a floppy disk using the Microsoft MS-DOS Packaged Product
version 4.0 or later, the FORMAT utility command issues the following
prompt for a volume label if no parameters are specified:
Volume label (11 characters, ENTER for none)?
This procedure is a change in functionality from previous versions, which
required the /V switch for a volume label.
If you don't need a volume label for the disk, press the ENTER key when the
above prompt is issued by the FORMAT command.
The following information about the /V switch for the FORMAT utility
command appears on page 78 of the "Microsoft MS-DOS User's Reference"
/v:label Specifies the volume label to use. A volume label
identifies the disk and can be up to 11 characters in
length (no tabs allowed). If you do not specify the /v
switch, or specify it without giving the volume label,
you are automatically prompted for the volume label
after the format operation completes.
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