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.
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.
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