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mkdiskimage - Create a blank MS-DOS formatted hard disk image


mkdiskimage [-doFMz4] [-i id] file cyl head sect


This is a convenient tool to generate a hard disk image, pre-formatted according to the
MS-DOS specification, and having stated properties.

A disk image named file will be created, large enough to have cyl cylinders, head heads,
and sect sectors. Using -M, the value of cyl will instead be interpreted as size in

Additional settings include ZIP type disks, FAT32 formatting, and the inclusion of an
emulation header.


-4 Use the fourth partition table entry. This is the standard for ZIP-disks.

-F Format the partition using a FAT32 file system.

-M The argument cyl is given in Megabytes. Recalculate this to get the count in

-d Add a DOSEMU header.

-i id
Specify the MBR identity field as id.

-o Print to stdout the file system offset.

-z Use a ZIP-disk geometry. This needs heads=64 and sect=32.

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