[Guide to AmigaDOS 3\Format]
Format: FORMAT DEVICE|DRIVE <device> NAME <name> [<OFS/FFS>]
[<INTERNATIONAL|NOINTERNATIONAL>] [NOICONS] [QUICK]
Template: DEVICE=DRIVE/K/A, NAME/K/A, OFS/S|FFS/S,
INTL=INTERNATIONAL/S, NOINTL=NOINTERNATIONAL/S, NOICON/S,
Purpose: To format a disk for use with the Amiga.
To format a disk, you must specify both the DEVICE and the NAME keywords.
The name can be from one to thirty-one characters in length. If you include
spaces in the name, it must be enclosed in double quotes.
The NOICONS option prevents a Trashcan icon from being added to the newly
The QUICK option specifies that FORMAT will only format and create the root
block (and track), the boot block (and track), and create the bitmap blocks.
This is useful when reformatting a previously formatted floppy disk.
The OFS option forces the disk to be formatted using the Old File System.
This is the default for floppy disks.
The FFS option causes the disk to be formatted using the Fast File System.
This can provide for faster operation than OFS disks, but the resulting
disks cannot be shared with Amigas with system software releases prior to
The INTERNATIONAL option forces the disk to be formatted using the
international versions of the file systems. These international versions
deal correctly with upper and lower letter case conversions of international
characters in filenames.
The NOINTERNATIONAL option forces the non-international equivalent to OFS
NOINTERNATIONAL for a floppy device, and FFS NOINTERNATIONAL for a credit
1> FORMAT DRIVE DF0: NAME EmptyDisk
Formats the disk in drive DF0:, erases any data, and names the disk
1> FORMAT DRIVE DF2: NAME NewDisk QUICK
Reformats, or erases, a disk that already contains data.
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