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i have the drive installed and can mount it, read files on the disk (fat32)
and i can write files to it.
but i would like to formate it (ext2) i found lots of tools to format a floppy 3.5 but no 100meg zip
do i have what i need and how do i use it
i can read and rite files to the disk after running mke2fs /dev/hdb4 with a file browser
but when i try to mount it i get
`mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad super block on /dev/hdb4, or too many mounted file systems`
mounted file systems /dev/hda6 type ext2 mount point /
/dev/hda8 type ext2 mount point /home
/dev/hda1 type vfat mount point /mnt/windows
ok, let's back up. run fdisk, (fdisk /dev/hdb)delete the dos partion, create a new primary partition, change id to 83(linux native),then write partion table, then mk2fs /dev/hdb, then change your fstab to /dev/hdb1
ok i backed up, ran fdisk and tryed to delete partion fdisk said `no readable partion` so i created a new primary partion
ran mke2fs and than ran fdisk to print partion table to see what i did
all looked ok and it is type 83 linux
now what i learned i was rong i said i could read/write to the disk with a file browser not true i guess the directory /mnt/zip witch was created on install doesn't point to my zip drive the reson i say that is becouse the test files i so called put on the zip disk are still in /mnt/zip when i remove the zip disk from the drive
so i did something i have not done in 8 months or more i booted into windows to check the disk and Bill said `disk not formnted format now` so i guess what he means is the disk is type 83 linux and windows is lost and don't no what to do
now im not going to wory about the /mnt/zip thing/stuff rite now i plan to install mandrike 9 when i can mount zip drive to right the files i want save to zip disk
ok now back on track
when i fdisked the disk it changed the lable to hdb1
and i also changed it in /etc/ftab and it is set to auto
when i run (mount /dev/hdb1) i can hear it acess the drive and i get
`/dev/hdb1: Input/output error
mount: I could not determine the filesystem type, and none was specified`
You make a dir in your tree off / somewhere (/mnt/zip) and use this to mount drives, this adds an empty dir and if the drive isn't mounted then instead of copying to the drive you just fill up the dir.
if you make the disk ext2 then your windows using buddies can't copy stuff off/on to the disk, if you make it fat then you can still read it in linux.
thanks for telling me about /mnt/zip i can see how that would happend
i don't care about my windows using frinds the disk and files i would like to put on it are mine i no i can use the disk with fat file system but but that is to simple and i have learned nothing that way