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Old 04-14-2006, 12:58 PM   #1
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formatting floppy


is there a commandline in linux to format a floppy disk so that the files on the disk are available to both linux (EXT3) and XP (NTFS) filesystems?
 
Old 04-14-2006, 01:03 PM   #2
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man fdformat ; From what I remember floppies can only be formatted into one format not many.

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Old 04-15-2006, 01:30 AM   #3
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format a floppy disk so that the files on the disk are available to both linux (EXT3) and XP (NTFS) filesystems?
I believe a normal FAT (16?) floppy is the easiest way to have the floppy available to multiple operating systems.
"mkdosfs" works. Check the "-m" option to add custom "not a boot floppy" message.
"man mkdosfs" for more info.
 
Old 04-15-2006, 10:51 AM   #4
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i looked at the man page for mkdosfs and it says that it will either create a fat12 or fat16 filesystem by default if no options are specified to the 'mkdosfs' command (based on what it thinks best), so with the advice from 2damncommon i didnt use any options. so i then went ahead and formatted the floppy with..

'mkdosfs /dev/fd0'

i then tested to see if i could transfer a file from linux to xp via the floppy disk, by first mounting the floppy in linux with a commandline i found elsewhere on the net..

'mount -t [fstype] [something] [somewhere]

so i actually typed..

'mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy'


next i copied a file to the floppy with..

'cp filename /mnt/floppy'


then i unmounted the floppy with..

'umount /mnt/floppy'


i then started XP, and successfully transfered the file from the floppy disk to XP.

thanks for your help guys (ps, ive given a full account of what worked for me incase any other noobs find it useful too)
 
Old 06-02-2006, 01:40 PM   #5
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I've got an odd problem with this command. The man mkdosfs comes up, but when I try to use it it says command not found.
 
Old 06-02-2006, 02:04 PM   #6
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You must be root to execute that command
 
Old 06-03-2006, 03:12 AM   #7
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I'm still new to this, thanks.
 
  


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