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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: <>
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 22:21:07 -0700 (PDT)

Thanks for the tip on h2format... that did the trick. So much easier
than building boot disks!

At first it was giving me some german text that babelfish translated to
"Partition already formats". So using the Disk Management tool I
removed the partition and created a new partition and then running
h2format yields an ok and it's good to go.

--- David Pedersen <> wrote:

> 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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