ef37a wrote:I could not give a monkey's chuff for the customer complaints to Microsoft!
Hey Dave, in this case it's not something Microsoft can reasonably help with. Essentially, you're saying that you want to get a message when the drive is formatted that warns you that the format will be unsuitable for a future task involving imaging it in a particular way.
The problem is that there is no error as far as the OS is concerned. It was asked to format a drive to a particular format, so it formatted it. If something went wrong during that format process then sure, you would expect (and would get) an error to reflect that even if it was one of those obscure ones, which I agree are frustrating and not very helpful to end users sometimes.
As the incompatibility between formats happens when you try and do the imaging later, that's when you get the message in question.
There are a gazillion things that you might do using disk formats and it would be impractical to try and predict all the situations where one format might not be suitable for a particular task so in this case I'm afraid I think Microsoft got it right.
You'd almost certainly have the same issue on any other operating system - they generally don't predict problems you might have with future use of a format because there are so many potential things you could do with it.
No company of any size could reasonably support the calls that would come in if they tried to do those predictions and only an unscrupulous 3rd party company would offer to support it.
The 'friendliest' solution would have been if there was some kind of offer to automatically convert between formats when you tried to do the image but this would have to be implemented by the company who wrote the imaging software and is far from simple (to the point where in some cases it could be borderline impossible depending on the formats involved).
It's much safer to require the right format for the task in the first place because if a format conversion was done and something went wrong in that process you could potentially lose a lot of data and that's a risk I doubt anyone who doesn't specialise in that kind of thing would want to take (and quite reasonably - I know I wouldn't want to!)
Glad you got the problem sorted out in the end :thumbup: