Contents of the FMW.DOC file
FormatMaster 1.0 for Windows
A Floppy Disk Formatting Utility
Copyright 1993 by New-Ware
All Rights Reserved
1 PROLOG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
2 REGISTRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
3 VERSION HISTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
4 REGISTERING FORMATMASTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
5 WHAT IS FORMATMASTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
6 INSTALLING FMW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
7 THE FMW MAIN DISPLAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
8 EASY REGISTRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
8.1 VOLUME LABEL LINE INPUT EDITOR . . . . . . . . . 6
8.2 SERIAL NUMBER INPUT EDITOR . . . . . . . . . . . 6
8.3 COMMAND PUSH BUTTONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
9 THE FMW ON-LINE HELP SYSTEM . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
10 HOW FMW FORMATS A DISK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
11 BOOTABLE DISKETTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
12 THE FM.INI FILE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
13 COPYRIGHT BY NEW-WARE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
New-Ware hereby disclaims all warranties relating to this product,
whether express or implied, including without limitation any implied
warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. New-
Ware cannot and will not be liable for any special, incidental,
consequential, indirect or similar damages due to loss of data or any
other reason, even if New-Ware or an authorized New-Ware agent has been
advised of the possibility of such damages. In no event shall the
liability for any damages ever exceed the price paid for the license to
use software, regardless of the form and/or extent of the claim. The
user of this program bears all risk as to the quality and performance of
FormatMaster for Windows (FMW) is a Shareware product. As such, it
is made available to the general computing public for evaluation. Users
are licensed to operate FormatMaster on their personal computers for the
purpose of test and evaluation on a trial basis for a limited trial
period. It is not possible to reasonably define any definitive limits
of a fair and equitable time period for evaluation, therefore it is left
to the user's judgment and sense of fair play as to the time required to
make a decision as to its usefulness. If the user decides the program
is not of sufficient merit to warrant purchase through registration with
New-Ware, the program should be removed from their personal computer.
Otherwise, if the program is deemed useful and is in regular use on the
user's personal computer system, registration with New-Ware is required.
Registered users are those users that elect to pay for FormatMaster
and register that payment with New-Ware. By virtue of registration and
payment for the program, registered users are granted a license to
continue to utilize the program on their personal computer for as long
as they choose. This license authorizes the user to use the program on
any personal computer system he or she may own so long as the program is
operated on only one computer system at a time.
FormatMaster for Windows is sole property of New-Ware Shareware
products. The Shareware version, and ONLY that version, may be freely
copied and transferred to individual parties for evaluation purposes.
The Shareware version, and ONLY that version, may be posted on Bulletin
Board systems (BBS) for electronic access as long as NO FEE is charged
for its distribution except for private BBS operations that charge a
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regular user subscription fee. Computer information services such as
Compuserve(CIS), Genie, etc., are authorized to post this product for
subscriber access. The Shareware version of FormatMaster may NOT be
distributed on diskette by any disk distributor/vendor that charges more
than $7.00 for the diskette upon which the program and attendant files
are recorded without written consent from New-Ware. This does NOT apply
if the Shareware version of FMW is distributed on a CD-ROM disk.
FMW is a fully functional Shareware product. Shareware is a
computer program distribution/marketing method that permits potential
buyers to thoroughly try the program prior to purchase. It is NOT free
and it is not in the Public Domain. If, after evaluating the program,
you find it to be useful enough to use it on a regular basis, you are
expected to pay for it by registering with New-Ware. The registration
fee is $25.00 and the registered version, which is NOT distributed as
Shareware, will not contain the opening Shareware screen nor the closing
messages. A special TSR version that occupies only 6K of normal RAM
that can be called from any application is available for an additional
You may register FormatMaster in one of the following ways:
1) By mail with check or money order to:
8050 Camino Kiosco
San Diego, CA 92122-1820
2) By telephone with Visa/Mastercard to:
Business hours ONLY please!
Monday thru Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific Time
3) Electronically through the New-Ware BBS:
24 Hours per day
7 Days per week
4) Users in Japan:
Call P. & A. Ltd. at 0425-46-9141.
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The New-Ware BBS operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Node
#1 is dedicated to registered users only. Nodes #2 is open to all
callers. Users registering via the BBS receive access to the latest
registered version within 1 day after leaving their credit card data.
Users who register by mail or phone may also access the registered
version by BBS, but you MUST log on and leave a comment to the sysop to
the effect that you are a registered user and desire access. The author
can also be reached on CIS via PPN 71535,665 (please use EMAIL).
The Shareware version of FormatMaster may be freely copied and
passed on to other individual users for their evaluation. Disk vendors
and/or distributors that desire to distribute FormatMaster must adhere
to the guidelines specified in the file named VENDOR.DOC.
3 VERSION HISTORY
- Initial release.
4 REGISTERING FORMATMASTER
FormatMaster for Windows is a Shareware product. It is NOT public
domain software. New-Ware urges those who find FormatMaster to be of
sufficient utility so as to use it on a regular basis to remit a
registration fee of $25.00. Registered users will receive a copy of
FormatMaster on disk that has the opening Shareware information screen
removed. In addition, registered users will have access the Shareware
Products BBS for retrieval of all future registered versions of
FormatMaster. Selecting the Registration item from the program main
menu will result in a pop-up window that will prompt you for all the
necessary information and then print the form for mailing.
Registering FormatMaster is easy and may be accomplished in one of
(1) Mail a check or money order in the amount of $25.00
payable to New-Ware. California residents MUST
add 7.25% sales tax ($26.81 total).
(2) Mail your Visa or Mastercard number, card expiration
date, phone number, and signature to New-Ware.
(3) Call (619) 455-6225 and leave your Visa or
MasterCard number, expiration date, name and
address, and phone number. NOTE: The answering
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system is a highly secure digital computer.
(4) Call the Shareware Products BBS and register on
line. The number is (619) 455-5226, N/8/1,
1200/2400/9600 (HST) baud. Your credit card can usually
be validated within one day and this is the quickest
way to get a copy of the registered version.
(5) In Japan please call P. & A. Ltd. at 0425-46-9141
FormatMaster will be shipped via first class mail within two days
of receipt of a registration. If you are using Visa or Mastercard for
payment please ensure that you include the full card number (i.e., 1234
5678 0000 1234) and the card expiration date. Visa or Mastercard only,
please. No other credit cards can be accepted.
If you call the voice number to register, you may get an answering
machine. Have your card or the form printed by FormatMaster ready so
you can leave your registration information quickly and accurately. The
answering machine is operated via a computer and is extremely secure.
5 WHAT IS FORMATMASTER
FormatMaster for Windows (hereafter called FMW) is a sophisticated
yet easy to use program that specializes in formatting 3 1/2" and 5 1/4"
floppy diskettes. It offers time and labor saving features such as
configurable volume label and sequential serial numbers and a feature
that allows you to created a floppy disk that will pass the boot
sequence on to your hard drive.
6 INSTALLING FMW
FMW is easy to install. Simply place FMW.EXE, FMW.HLP, and FMW.INI
in a directory on your hard disk. Start Windows and select the group
you wish FMW to reside in. Then select "File" from the PM main menu and
then select "New". A dialog box entitled "New Program Object" will
appear. Click the "Program Item" button and then click. The "Program
Item Properties" dialog box will appear. You should enter a short
textual description and then enter the full DOS path name for FMW. For
example, suppose you created a directory named D:\WINUTIL\FMW and placed
the FMW files there. Your entry into the "Command Line" field would be
D:\WINUTIL\FMW\FMW.EXE. Leave the working directory entry blank and
click on the "Change Icon" button. The FMW icon will appear. Click the
"Okay" button and then you can simply click on the FMW icon any time you
wish to run FMW.
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7 THE FMW MAIN DISPLAY
The main FMW display is organized into several main areas. The
Options area contains seven check boxes that control various formatting
options. There is an area where you may enter a disk volume label
and/or a serial number. The top right quarter of the main display
contains controls that select the target drive and whether the operation
is to low (360K/720K) or high (1.2M/1.4M) density.
There is a nine action button array where all of the FMW formatting
operations may be launched. Please consult the FMW on-line help feature
(F1) for more specific information.
The bottom area of the display contains a status line that
indicates which is the active drive and which capacity is currently set
for that drive.
Please note that the FMW main menu provides access to the same
functions as do the Action Buttons and that each menu displays which
accelerator keys control which functions.
8 EASY REGISTRATION
FMW provides a registration template which can be filled out and
set to your printer. Press the Alt+R key or access the "Help" menu and
select the "Register FMW" item. Remember to use the Tab key to move
from one field to the next and only press the Enter key if you are ready
8.1 VOLUME LABEL LINE INPUT EDITOR
You may enter a volume label by selecting the line editor that is
labeled "volume Label". Up to 11 DOS legal characters may be entered
FMW will label a freshly formatted target disk with the volume
label that is in the line editor if the Options "Add Label" box is
See the next section for how the volume label is used with disk
8.2 SERIAL NUMBER INPUT EDITOR
To use this feature, check the "add Serial #" box. Then select the
"serial Num:" input editor and type any legal serial number. FMW will
add the serial number to the volume label immediately after formatting a
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target diskette. If you desire to sequentially increment the serial
number as a series of disks are formatted, check the "Incr Serial #"
option. For example, if the "Volume Label" field contains "MYDISK" and
the "Serial Num:" field contains "1000" and the "add Serial #" option is
checked, FMW will add "MYDISK1000", "MYDISK1001", "MYDISK1002", etc.,
successively to each disk formatted. The volume label field can be
blank and the "Add Label" option does not need to be checked.
8.3 COMMAND PUSH BUTTONS
A 3 x 3 array of nine command push buttons occupies the lower right
quadrant of the FMW main window. Each button has a name that describes
the command function that will be performed when the button is pushed.
For example, push the "Quick Format" button to cause FMW to perform a
quick format on the target disk.
A button may be pushed in three different ways. One way is to
click on the button with the left mouse. An alternate method is to
press the Tab key until the button is highlighted and then press the
Enter key or tap the space bar. Each of the command buttons is
duplicated in the FMW menu system and by one of the accelerator keys
9 THE FMW ON-LINE HELP SYSTEM
FMW is supported by a Window help system. To attain help at any
time, press the F1 key or click on the Help button.
10 HOW FMW FORMATS A DISK
When the DOS FORMAT utility formats a floppy disk, it checks to see
if the disk is already formatted. If the disk is not formatted, it
performs a full track-by-track format and verify operation. If the disk
is formatted, there is no need to actually format each track so FMW
performs a track-by-track verification. In either case, FMW will
initialize the disk boot sector, file allocation table, and root
directory area and mark any bad sectors found during the verification.
You may check the "Force Full" box to force FMW to perform the track-
by-track formatting of a previously formatted diskette.
The FMW quick format option is the fastest method of initializing a
previously formatted disk because it neither formats nor verifies the
target disk. Instead, it reads the FAT and directory sectors, clears
all but bad sector marks, and rewrites to the disk.
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11 BOOTABLE DISKETTES
FMW will format a diskette so that it is a system diskette which
means that the system files (IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS, and COMMAND.COM) are
transferred to the diskette. If you are running DOS 6.0 and
DBLSPACE.BIN is in your DOS path, it will be transferred as well. This
makes the diskette bootable. Most diskettes, however, are formatted as
"data" diskettes with no system files. These disks will not boot and
your system will issue an error message and pause if you happen to have
a non-system disk in drive A: when the system is booted.
FMW can make a special non-system diskette that will automatically
pass the boot sequence to drive C: if the special diskette is in drive
A: with the door closed at boot time. To make a diskette capable of
this behavior, place a formatted diskette in one of your drives, make
the drive active, and select the "Make Bootable Floppy" item from the
main "Misc" menu. The target disk should not be a system disk and must
12 THE FM.INI FILE
FMW is initialized at start-up by loading the FM.INI file. This is
an editable ASCII text file that must be stored in the same directory
with FM.EXE. The file can be updated in two ways. The preferred method
is by setting the various options on the main FMW display as desired and
then using the "Save FM.INI" function. The less preferred method is to
edit the file with a text editor. Here a sample of the file format:
;Copyright 1993, all rights reserved:
; 8050 Camino Kiosco
; San Diego, CA 92122
; (619) 455-6225 (9:00 A.M. to 5:00 PM Pacific Time)
;Place this file (FMW.INI) in the same directory as FMW.EXE or
;your Windows subdirectory.
[Desktop] ;defines start position of the FMW main
[Startup] ;affects FMW upon initial start up
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;yes will check the appropriate FMW check box
ForeGround=40 ;amount of task time to the ;relative
amount of time allocated to the foreground ;when FMW is
formatting in the background
Since FMW may be operated in the background to format diskettes while
you are working directly with another application, you may wish to
experiment with the "Foreground=" item. The higher the number, the more
time FMW will relinquish to the active task as it proceeds through is
You may place comments in this file, but they MUST be preceded with
a semicolon as illustrated above.
13 COPYRIGHT BY NEW-WARE
Copyright 1993, all rights reserved.
8050 Camino Kiosco
San Diego, CA 92122
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