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Yes, that is a low-level format. What you want to do (assuming you already did the low-level format) is create a new partition table with "fdisk" or "cfdisk". Then use "mkfs.msdos" to make it a FAT partition.
Hmm. . . looks like you might just have to go the long route of formatting and creating a new partition manually - I doubt that there's much work being done for floppy disk tools any more since people are switching over to flash drives and CD/DVD-RW's.
I stumbled onto this rather lame thread in trying to deal with my own usb floppy. There are a couple of basic facts I've found.
1. If fdformat supports the usb floppy device (/dev/sda, etc.) the documentation is well hidden. It certainly fails for me. The man page fdformat(8) doesn't hint at such support. fdformat is part of the util-linux package of utilities. There is a related package, fdutils (fdutils[dot]linux[dot]lu), which supports manipulating the parameters of the floppy drive, etc. This package explicitly excludes support for usb floppy drives right there on its home page.
2. Fortunately, as noted by the fdutils people, there is another project that does support usb floppies at this url:
The program you need to format a floppy on a usb floppy drive is ufiformat. The typical use is: ufiformat -f 1440 /dev/sda. After creating a file system on the floppy (mkfs -t msdos /dev/sda), it should be ready to mount and use.
(I modified the urls above because of a strange limitation at this site.)