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1. I want to determine the TOTAL disk space for a drive, then
2. if diskspace <2 GB set x=1
   if didspace >= 2 GB, set x=2

so that I can automatically format a drive (Compact Flash) <2GB as FAT16, and >=2GB as FAT32. (I know the auto-format part!)

Jeroen
PS: ONLY dos-solutions please!!!
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by:For-Soft
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If the drive is unformated, then it could be impossible without some special utility.

What OS are you using?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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It's important to know if you are running XP/NT/2K or if you are running 9x or if you are running true DOS (6.22 for example).
Each OS has subtly (and not so subtly) different commands for some fairly important command line actions.
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by:Alfaloe
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I'm using WinXPpro and Win2000. The CF-disks are already formatted, but I want to format them after every download of images to my PC (it prevents a lot of file-corruption, something I can't have as a pro-photographer!!)

Do you think it would be possible in an other script language, then output disk size to a txt-file, and read that line into the DOS-script?

Thanks for that quick reply!!
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by:DrWarezz
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Hello Alfaloe,
I'm not sure how to get the capacity of a drive, but once you have it; you could use something like this to determine what the 'x' variable as:

set capacity=[declare the capacity here]
if %capacity% LESS 2 set x=1
if %capacity% GEQ 2 set x=2

best of luck, photo guy  ;-)
[r.D]
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by:DrWarezz
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*Woops, "if %capacity% LESS 2 set x=1" should be:

if %capacity% LSS 2 set x=1

However, being an idiot, I don't know how to get a drives capacity  :o\  Some 'expert' I am :P

Hope that helps for later! :o)

gL,
[r.D]
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Hmmmm... I've been trying to come up with something, but the numeric operators of DOS are only 4 bytes long.  This creates a problem when trying to do the math necessary in comparing the the actual disk space to the limit of which format to format in.

One question - why not just format everything FAT32?  The smallest "disk" you'll use is an 8 MB and I tend to think if your a professional photographer, you're using much larger drives anyway.
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by:Alfaloe
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Hi Leew,

FAT32 for all drives would be too easy, wouldn't it ;-) The problem is that not all camera's can handle cards FAT32...

BUT: I think I've found a solution :
1. del all files from the card (easy using XXCOPY with /RCY switch)
2. determine free space:
@for %%a in (MyCFcard) do @if exist %%a:\ @for /F "tokens=2,3" %%b in ('dir %%a:\ /-c') do @if "%%b"=="Dir(s)" set disksize=%%c

if %disksize% LSS 2000000000 goto formatFAT
if %disksize% GEQ 2000000000 goto formatFAT32

Thanx for the suggestions!
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Lee W, MVP earned 50 total points
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I was actually going to suggest something similar - but my tests of the

if %disksize% LSS 2000000000 goto formatFAT
if %disksize% GEQ 2000000000 goto formatFAT32

statements failed if they were greater than a certain number.

Here's what I had come up with for you:  (You'd specify the drive letter to check on the command line for the script - example THISSCRIPT G:)

@echo off
dir %1 > %temp%\dir1.tmp 2>&1
find /i "file not found" %temp%\dir1.tmp > %temp%\dir.tmp 2>NULL
For /f "tokens=1* delims=" %%a in (%temp%\dir.tmp) do IF "%%a" == "File Not Found" Set DriveIs=Empty
del %temp%\dir.tmp
If "%driveis%" NEQ "Empty" Goto GetTotalFree
dir %1 > %1\junktext.tmp

:GetTotalFree
For /f "usebackq tokens=3" %%a in (`dir /-c %1 ^| find "bytes free"`) Do Set /A DiskSize=%%a / 1024
IF %disksize% LEQ 2097152 Goto Format16
rem If 1211798 LEQ 214748 Goto Format16
:Format32
Echo Formatting FAT32 for Drive %1, size %disksize% bytes
REM Execute your format command here to format as FAT32
Goto End

:Format16
Echo Formatting FAT16 for Drive %1, size %disksize% bytes
REM Execute your format command here to format as FAT16

:End
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Actually (that was the version I was testing to see how large a number I could work with.
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by:Alfaloe
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How funny Leew, when I started testing for the error you mentioned, I got exactly the OPPOSITE problem: my solution (actually s.o. else's here on EE, but I adapted it a bit) gave errors with SMALL disks (16mb, 64mb), not the 512mb, 1gb and 2gb!

Anyways, your solution WORKED beautifully, thanks, points are for you!

Jeroen
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