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Date:      Sun, 22 Jul 2012 23:03:44 -0500 (CDT)
From:      Robert Bonomi <>
Subject:   Re: fsck on FAT32 filesystem?
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> From  Sun Jul 22 22:15:48 2012
> Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 03:10:40 -0700
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> Subject: Re: fsck on FAT32 filesystem?
> Robert Bonomi <> wrote:
> > MSDOS/PCDOS had -no- O/S functions to directly access actual disk
> > devices.  The ONLY fuctionality provided to the user, by the "O/S"
> > was filesystem based access.  To get 'raw' device access, one had 
> > to bypass the O/S entirely, and use direct BIOS calls (INT 13h).
> MSDOS/PCDOS had no _documented_ functions to directly access the
> disks, bypassing the file system, but the functions _did_ exist.

I'm sure you can provide the DOS 'function number' for those calls,
and cites to published data confirming.

> The debugger's "read sector" and "write sector" commands used them,
> and I suspect chkdsk, scandisk, and format probably also used them
> although I never had occasion to verify one way or the other.

My experince in porting MSDOS 3.1 to a non pc-clone architecture was 
that fdisk, format, chkdsk, debug, and sys all invoked INT 13H directly.

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