On Fri, 16 Jun 2006, Johnson Lam wrote:
> On Thu, 15 Jun 2006 23:41:13 +0100, you wrote:
>> 5. SYS B: C: /oem:ms (it says "system transferred")

Which it probably did...

>> When I reboot with the C drive marked Active I get two dots on a black
>> screen and a flashing cursor, that wasn't expected...
> I suggest SYS should check the target to see it's "bootable" or not,
> otherwise don't report "System Transferred" since FDISK's default
> "worry about your previous record" and did not write anything to the
> hard disk.

I disagree: That would force SYS to look at areas which
it is not supposed to touch at all (partition table,
maybe even analyze the boot menu configuration of WinNT/XP/2k/2k3
or Linux). I myself, when installing DOS on a harddisk, always
install it at a place which is THEN made accessible by adding
a menu item to an existing boot menu. If SYS would force DOS to
be booted directly (you said MS SYS or MS FDISK or MS FORMAT
sometimes does that kind of thing), it would destroy the boot
menu, and if SYS would say "System not transferred, DOS will
probably not be booted", then that would confuse users. Plus it
would be hard / almost impossible to teach SYS to analyze the
configuration of all common boot menu systems.


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