[SOLVED] format 64Gb usb drive to Fat32 only gives 32Gb?
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I am struggling somewhat to understand what the "-n" means and the "-I" means.
"-n" means set the volume name (label) of the file system.
"-n 'round01' " - set the label using the chosen text inside the quotes.
"-I" - means you are doing a "superfloppy" format. That is formatting the entire disk, not partitions. The -I tells the format command to ignore the fact that you have no partitions.
You haven't created a partition yet, you're just trying to create a filesystem on the raw device. Use fdisk or parted or gparted to create a partition on the device first, then create the filesystem on the partition (sda1, not sda).
As for gparted and fat32, yes absolutely gparted supports fat32, it would be ridiculous for it not to.
As for wearing out your USB port, use a $5 extension cable and plug your drives into that.
Last edited by suicidaleggroll; 12-22-2015 at 11:09 AM.
Formatting a 64GB drive will require some waiting, about 10 minutes depending on the machine's capabilities.
Oh I remember way back when they had this meddium that was called a floppy, it came in 3 sizes, 8" , 5 1/4" and3.5". the little one that wasn't really a floppy, it was hard plastic. NeverTheLess my friend that truned me on to Linux (Slackware) showed me a command line that all I had to do was write something giving it the prams, hit inter then that 3.5 floppy was fotmated instead of waiting for it to format under the format command. it was done as soon after hiting enter.
Linux wasn't support that well back then had to go back to Windows and forgot what it was that he showed me. maybe it only worked on 3.5 floppies. either way it was was really fast when used. just type size of drive - sectors and where it was at then hit enter (maybe missing a few prams) but whatever it was, It was done as soon as enter was hit. hit that arrow on the keyborad and do another one, it went faster then the old waiting for it to format every sector slowly