DISK OPERATIONS (FORMAT, COPY, ERASE)
Before beginning any disk operations you must understand the location of your
various disk drives.
The HP system has three drives: two internal (A,B) and one
Drive A holds the data you are working with during a session.
Once you zeroize the computer, this drive is erased. Drive B holds operating
You should never have a need to use this drive. Drive C is
the external drive into which 3-1/2 disks are inserted. This drive is used to
transfer data and programs between Drive A and storage disks.
All disk formatting, copying and erasing should be done via the DOS COMMANDS
selection of the PAM (See Format C Drive, page 2-17).
Once this option is
selected, you should be given the following prompt:
If there is a letter other than A in the prompt type the following: A: and press
Before a disk can be used for information storage the disk must be formatted.
Type: format c: and press <RETURN>.
Insert the disk you want formatted into Drive C.
The write protect tab located in the upper corner of the disk should be
slid so that the hole is covered (unprotected).
The process of formatting will begin and you will be notified when the process
The entire process should take about five minutes.
The following tells you how to make a copy of a completed disk.
Type the following: diskcopy c: and press <RETURN>.
You will be instructed when to insert the source disk (the disk you are
copying) and when to insert the target disk (the disk you are copying to).
You must alternately insert each disk until the copy is completed.
The entire process should take about 10 minutes.
The following tells you how to completely erase a data disk.
Insert the disk you want erased into Drive C.
Type erase c:*.* and press <RETURN>.
You will be asked if you are sure that you want to erase the disk, respond
The process should only take a few minutes.
WARNING: EVEN THOUGH A DISK HAS BEEN ERASED, IT MAY NEED TO BE TREATED AS
CLASSIFIED MATERIAL IF IT HAS EVER CONTAINED CLASSIFIED DATA. CHECK WITH LOCAL