I agree.  It is far too risky to run the FreeDOS FDISK under any
circumstances - just based on the limited tests I have done.  
I will run it ONLY on this test computer.  It becomes even 
more of an adventure given your analysis of the source code!  :-)

Mark


> At 11:40 PM 7/21/2005 +0000, Mark wrote:
> 
> >Are any of the tests that have been suggested (other kernels,
> >MS-DOS, ommitting VDS, trying UDMA2, older versions of
> >FDISK, etc.) going to help in getting this problem fixed?  I have
> >a repeatable problem (always a good thing) and have, I think,
> >done a pretty good job isolating it.  I will be glad to try
> >another test when it will help, but I am not inclined to start
> >running more tests at random!  :-)  This has taken an
> >unbelievable amount of time to isolate!
> 
> My point, which may have been buried, is that I don't think you or anyone 
> else should use FDISK at all until at least the problems I listed are 
> fixed.  It's just a dangerous piece of software right now, with no 
> protections on errors.  Any disk read error or failure to interpret 
> something from the BIOS properly will eat your disk MBR.  No good, no good 
> at all.
> 
> 
> 
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