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Subject: Re: Need USB driver boot disk to format 80GB drive for Archos

Re: Need USB driver boot disk to format 80GB drive for Archos

From: David Pedersen <>
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 00:39:37 -0400

Try h2format. It needs you to partition your disk first, which you can do by
diskpart.exe (an XP software, just go to start/run and type diskpart, and
hit enter). H2format is freeware.
----- Original Message -----
From: <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, June 25, 2006 11:28 PM
Subject: Need USB driver boot disk to format 80GB drive for Archos

>I need to format the new 80gb drive that I have just installed in my
> Archos JBR V1. From reading various web articles and experimenting, it
> has become clear that Windows XP does not format drives bigger than
> 32GB in the FAT32 filesystem needed for the Archos. Since I don't want
> to buy third party formatting/partitioning software, It seems that the
> only way to get this thing formatted is to use Win98 to format it,
> because Win98 doesn't have the 32GB limitation on formatting FAT32.
> That limitation was apparently introduced in XP because FAT32 disks
> larger than 32GB are not as efficient and microsoft wanted to keep
> people from doing inefficient things.
> Anyway, I don't have a Win98 machine around, so I'm trying to use a
> Win98 boot disk. If I had a cable to install the 2.5" drive inside my
> desktop PC for formatting, this would probably be a piece of cake. But
> again, I'm trying to be cheap and not buy that cable. So I'm trying to
> figure out how to format the drive mounted in the Archos JBRV1, over
> USB.
> This requires creating a Win98 boot disk with USB drivers. I've found
> the following page that gives lots of tips for doing this:
> But after trying a few of the methods there I haven't found one that
> works for me. Through this process I'm learning about config.sys files
> but since I don't really understand them, I'm thinking I may just be
> doing something wrong with my config.sys files. When I was using the
> DUSE drivers I was getting out of memory errors.
> So my question is whether anyone has been successful at making and
> using a Win98 boot disk with USB drivers, and if so is there a
> relatively cookie-cutter tutorial on this that I've missed so far?
Received on 2006-06-26

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