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Old 06-15-2007, 07:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy formatiing a floppy


I know this is really a simple thing to do...in windows xp it's a snap.

But, newbie can't find out how to format a floppy disk either in a terminal window of the Suse 10.2 panels.

I've been looking and trying for over an hour now and can't seem to find where and/or how to do this operator.

Any help will be much appreciated.
 
Old 06-15-2007, 07:20 PM   #2
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If you have mtools installed then it is simple ... mformat
 
Old 06-15-2007, 10:51 PM   #3
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I loaded down mtools but still can't get mformat to work.

I first did a low level format of the diskette but mformat still didn't work.

Can you supply a sample command?
 
Old 06-15-2007, 11:17 PM   #4
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How does "mkdosfs /dev/fd0" work on an unmounted floppy?
 
Old 06-16-2007, 04:34 AM   #5
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Use the generic command;

fdformat /dev/fd0 (assuming you only have one floppy drive the number is zero)

This will perform a low level format on the disk

You must then lay down a basic files system as posted above;

mkdosfs /dev/fd0

Most of the GUI desktops have tools to do this; KDE use the menu K button -> System -> Floppy Formatter
 
Old 06-18-2007, 12:46 PM   #6
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Thanks TigerOC and all...
 
Old 06-18-2007, 01:40 PM   #7
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mformat

do not mount the floppy in Linux ... mtools will perform this itself.
http://mtools.linux.lu/mtools.html#SEC56

mformat a:
 
  


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