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Member 7989122 wrote:
In the old days when floppies were the standard, lots of floppy manufacturers sold "pre formatted" floppies ready to use. But they didn't write the format code (360K, 720K, 1.44M...) in the boot sector. Don't ask me why - it is true that Good Old DOS (GOD) didn't require it: If reading according to one format failed, another format was tried, and another, until reading succeeded. 16-bit Windows (i.e. up until W98) followed suit. With Win32, MS declared that "Enough is enough!". In XP and later versions, a floppy without a proper format code is considered "Not formatted".


I never knew this. I've purchased plenty of these "pre-formatted" floppies, but I've never started using them without reformatting them myself first (even back then, we had already started hearing of hardware/software that shipped with some virus, so why take a chance?).

So you're saying if you bought those pre-formatted disks and just started dumping data on them (say, with DOS), XP and newer will say they're not formatted, but Win16/DOS will access them just fine. Did I get this right? If so, that's news to me.
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