|Syntax||WIN_FORMAT drive [,protect]|
|Location||SMSQ/E (v2.73+) for Atari and QXL / QPC|
In order to prevent you from accidentally formatting your hard disk (or a partition of your hard disk) and overwriting important information, SMSQ/E has implemented a form of protection. Before formatting a QDOS partition, you will first of all need to create that partition using either the Atari’s or the PC’s operating system (see the SMSQ/E documentation for details). You must then use the WIN_DRIVE command, followed by WIN_FORMAT to allow the FORMAT command to work on the hard disk.
Protect is a flag - if it is omitted, this removes the protection from the partition pointed to by the specified WIN drive. protect=1 sets the protection again after FORMATting.
To format a QDOS partition called PROGS, pointed to by WIN2 on unit 1, partition 1:
WIN_DRIVE 2,1,1 WIN_FORMAT 2 FORMAT win2_PROGS WIN_FORMAT 2,1
Earlier versions of SMSQ/E did not include this command and the FORMAT command would work once WIN_DRIVE had been used to set up the WIN drive name.