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Old 04-23-2004, 08:38 PM   #1
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Angry Formatting ZIP discs with Fedora Core 1?


I need help!!!! I have an external ZIP 250 USB which works fine. I have an existing formatted 100Mb disc that works fine. I now need to know how the hell do I format another 100Mb zip disc? I can't understand how I could have possibly got the first disc to work. Mind you I was using Knoppix 3.3 at the time....could it have formatted the disc when I initially tried to mount the drive? Is there a similar command to that of good old DOS 'format <drive> etc etc in Linux?

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm trying to get my new OpenOffice 1.1.1 download safely stored onto the disc.

Cheers
 
Old 04-23-2004, 08:43 PM   #2
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(From the ZIP mini-HowTo
Quote:
5.3 Re-format as a native Linux disk

If you want to erase a ZIP disk and make a Linux native file system on it. You should use fdisk on the entire disk:


fdisk /dev/sda

and delete any existing partitions (with the d command). Then create a new partition with the n command, make it primary partition number 1, use w to write the partition table to disk, and quit with q.

Format the partition


mke2fs /dev/sda1

(The 1 is the number that you gave this partition in fdisk). Now you can mount the disk:


mount -t ext2 /dev/sda1 /zip

(re-using that mount point we created before).
 
Old 04-25-2004, 11:57 PM   #3
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Yippee fixed!!!!! Thank you Komakino I was pulling my hair out over this one. I've managed to work out 99.9% of all my Linux "issues" but this one stumped me.

Oh and as a pat on my back I finally managed to get Mplayer working. I had to download about 15 rpms but it now works like a charm.

Thanks again.
 
Old 04-17-2005, 10:10 AM   #4
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formatting zip disk

having read he thread i still have a question:

My zip drive is seen as /dev/sda4 (Libranet decided it, not me). Works fine with v-fat.
Now I'd like to format some of my disks with Linux filesystem. The entry in fstab exists and if necessary I know to edit it it.

My question is this: What should I change in the following instructions, to adapt to my /dev/sda4, and if it is possible to have reiserfs for zipdisks?

Quote:
fdisk /dev/sda

and delete any existing partitions (with the d command). Then create a new partition with the n command, make it primary partition number 1, use w to write the partition table to disk, and quit with q.

Format the partition

mke2fs /dev/sda1

(The 1 is the number that you gave this partition in fdisk).
Your help would be much appreciated
 
Old 04-17-2005, 10:42 AM   #5
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/dev/sda4? That would mean one zip disk is seen as the fourth partition on /dev/sda...that doesn't seem right. Surely one zip disk should be seen as one whole device?
 
Old 04-17-2005, 03:19 PM   #6
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Okay, I guess that sda4 is weird but then why do you suggest partitioning a zip disk?
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Format the partition

mke2fs /dev/sda1

(The 1 is the number that you gave this partition in fdisk)
 
Old 04-17-2005, 03:39 PM   #7
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I haven't had a zipdisk in years but couldn't fat or vfat be used in case you need to transfer the disk to a windows machine.
 
Old 04-17-2005, 03:41 PM   #8
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Here's a script I wrote to help me format many zip disks in a short time. Feel free to use and edit it to your needs.
Code:
#! /bin/bash  
# zipformat.sh 
# a quick Zip disk formatting script 
# written by Larry G. Vidrine 8/19/01 
# bigrigdriver1L@netscape.net  
input2=y  # default to format a disk.           
echo; echo          
echo "Press 1 to format ext3," 	 
echo 	 
echo "Press 2 to format ext2," 	 
echo 	 
echo "Press 3 to format fat32." 	 
echo 	 
echo "Press 4 to format vfat." 	 
echo 	 
echo "Press 5 to exit." 	 
echo          
read input1  	 
echo; echo  
while [ "$input2" = y ] # test condition at top of loop 
do 	 
   case "$input1" in
   "1" ) 	   
   echo "Formatting for Linux ext3..."             
   mkfs -t ext3 -m 1 -b 1024 /dev/sda4  	    
   ;;         # note double semicolon to terminate 	    
   "2" )  	   
   echo "Formatting for Linux ext2..." 	    
   mkfs -t ext2 -m 1 -b 1024 /dev/sda4 	   
   ;; 	    
   "3" ) 	    
   echo "Formatting for Windows fat32..." 	    
   mkfs -t fat32 -m 1 -b 1024 /dev/sda4 	    
   ;; 	    
   "4" ) 	    
   echo "Formatting for Windows vfat..." 	    
   mkfs -t vfat -m 1 -b 1024 /dev/sda4 	    
   ;; 		
   "5" ) 		 
   echo "Exiting this script." 		 
   exit 		 
   ;; 	  
esac 
	   	 
 if [ "$input2" = y ]; then       
   echo       
   echo   ">>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>"       
  echo "Press "y" to format another disk, any other key to exit." 
  echo       
  read input2       
  echo 		
else          
  exit       
fi  
done  
exit 0
 
Old 04-21-2005, 04:33 AM   #9
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Many thanks for the script -- I'll see if I'm not too dumb to use it!


Boow : of course I also use vfat disks to exchange files with Windows and Mac too but I've noticed all the long file names get shortened -- and .deb file names needs to be whole -- I'd like to be able to copy my deb files in /var/... as I'm going to remove windows from my computer and install linux again (to move it to the beginning of the HDD). then I could use apt-get locally to reinstall all the deb files.

cheers,
 
  


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