Compiling Format144 with GCC

I received a note from one of the users saying that he was able to compile Format144 with GCC, and I wanted to try it by the time I update this project page to give you an extra compile option. After some tinkering I got it working and was so impressed by the results that I decided to switch from my favorite Borland C++ compiler to GCC for this and all my future projects. The binary compiled with GCC is only a third of the size of the version compiled with Borland, due to the fact that Borland statically links its own runtime and console libraries, whereas GCC uses standard msvcrt.dll coming with Windows. Neat, I like that.

Version 1.11 of Format144

A new version 1.11 is available, with a few cosmetic changes and an important bug fix: Volume Serial Number generation.

720KB version of Format144

I’ve created a 720K version of the utility, which was not difficult – see the left pane for download links. I plan to merge it with the original within the next few days so I don’t have to maintain two nearly identical sources. E-mail me so I can let you know when it’s ready.


I wrote a simple utility that performs unconditional formatting of floppy disks. It supplements the format functionality in Windows XP that has an apparent design flaw or a bug. GPL source code available. No installation required – the executable file is ready to run!