"some years ago"

  Diemmess 10:51 27 Mar 2005

I too used to use the substitution routine to format a new HD, but more recently have had a hard time doing this with large HDs.

In the end have reverted to the old method only so that I could use the manufacturer's own software downloaded onto a floppy. That does all the patitoning and formatting in a very short time.

Only snag is that such floppys tend to be very keen on supporting only their own brand, and might not work if your primary drive is not of that family.

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