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Old 09-18-2003, 10:45 AM   #1
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How to format a partition from shell?


Hi all!

I've a question for you TOP URGENT!

I connected a new Hard Disk into my pc, and I partioned it with fdisk (I'm using Debian).

Now I'd like to format one of these partition with the FAT32 file system, but I don't know how to do it!

By searching around the web, I found the command to format using the dos-fat fikle system (mkdosfs -c /dev/hdb2), but which is the command to format with the FAT32 fs?

Thanx in advandce to all!

bye!
 
Old 09-18-2003, 10:50 AM   #2
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check this
 
Old 09-18-2003, 11:00 AM   #3
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check this
thank you very much!

sorry... is my fault I had to use the "search function", I forgot it! (and also I had a really urgent to do this thing!)

sorry again

bye and thank you!

moly82
 
Old 09-19-2003, 05:41 AM   #4
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hello again!

I tried to do like suggested in the other thread, but I still have problems!

one question: to format the hdb2 partition with vfat filesystem, I have to do it before the system boot (with fdisk running from a boot floppy for example), or I can do it also after the boot, form the Linux shell? (I done in this way yesterday)

this because I tried both these command:

mkfs -t vfat /dev/hdb2

and also

mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/hdb2


... but when I run these commands from the shell (I unmounted the relevant partition before to do that), the process stop immediately (with NO errors, it just tells me mkfs version and other information), but I think is impossible that the format process takes just 1 second! I think the format process doesn't start at all...

what do you think about that?

bye and thanks in advance!
 
Old 09-19-2003, 06:56 AM   #5
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It shouldn't take very long at all to format the partition. I believe that all it does is put a FAT at the beginning of the partition. If you don't trust it, try mounting it

# mount -t vfat /dev/hdb2 /mnt/somedir
 
Old 09-19-2003, 07:57 AM   #6
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Originally posted by footfrisbee
It shouldn't take very long at all to format the partition. I believe that all it does is put a FAT at the beginning of the partition. If you don't trust it, try mounting it

# mount -t vfat /dev/hdb2 /mnt/somedir
I'll try doing so, thanx!

I had some doubts about the format process because now I can't use the partition!

I mean: for example I can copy files from a ext3 partition to the vfat one, but when I try to execute the file, or I try to read it if it's a text file, I can't because the file manager tells me that it is not a "regular/normal file"! What does it mean so?
Instead, if I read the content of the text file with the shell, it works fine...
Another thing: I can only write onto the partition if I am logged likle root... but in the fstab I wrote umask=000...

byeeee
 
Old 09-19-2003, 08:03 AM   #7
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I forgot one thing: with programs like gkrellm2, I can see the partition correctly configured (it is mounted, and also the dimension is correct..)... so probably the partition is ok and formatted, but I can't understand the above-mentioned problems: I can write on the partition only if I am logged like root, and if I move/copy files to this partion, I can't executed them...


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