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Old 11-02-2006, 07:35 PM   #1
Mihir Gupta
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Suse 9.1 kfloppy not formatting


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I am new to Linux.Having loaded Suse 9.1 my effort to use "kfloppy" has been a disaster. At the start the Formatting dialogue box grays out,indicating no activities although the drive(floppy) itself makes the right kind of noise. Eventually the kfloppy formatting screen returns to normal without formatting the disk.

Also any effort to use the shell terminal to format by using "fdformat" etc has been equally unsuccesful, and misleading.
When I enter oldfashioned dos command"format A:" it gives the the following message " The dOS concept of formatting disk media is screwed. If you want to create a file system use "mkfs". To format a floppy , use "fdformat /dev/fd0" and then "mkfs.minix /dev/fd0".
When I enter the first command it starts to format and then verifies track/track.And finally when I enter the second command I receive amessage telling me that it does not recognise the command.
The disk remains unformatted, although it had gone through a process indicating a completed formatting and verification activity.
Can anyone help.
 
Old 11-02-2006, 08:28 PM   #2
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have you tried using fdisk or cfdisk
 
Old 11-02-2006, 08:36 PM   #3
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Use mkfs.vfat instead of mkfs.minix, the latter will create a minix filesystem on the device, which you don't want.
 
Old 11-06-2006, 06:04 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Ynot Irucrem
Use mkfs.vfat instead of mkfs.minix, the latter will create a minix filesystem on the device, which you don't want.
Thank you for your suggestion. Unfortunately it did not work. Any other suggestions?
Thanks
Mihir Gupta
 
Old 11-06-2006, 06:12 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by ph3ar
have you tried using fdisk or cfdisk
No I did not try those two commands,for the simple reason thatb I have always understood these involve HARD DISKS.
Thanks for your suggestion anyway.

Any others?
 
  


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