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Old 06-28-2004, 09:02 PM   #1
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Partition Problem !! (cannot format vfat over 2048 MB)

I am now trying to partition my harddisk into (/), (/boot), (swap), (/home), (/usr) in ext2 format (no problem), and then I want to have another partition (/images) to store all the PQDI (power quest drive image), which require vfat format.

I tried to format the harddisk over 2048 MB, but I can't, it returns critical error and cannot continue formatting. However, if the partition is less than 2048 MB, it works and I can actually create an image file and store there.

Anyone have experiences formatting vfat format before?? any help is apperciated.

I am installing red hat enterprise linux v2.1, using the built-in tools for the partitioning and formatting. thanks you
Old 06-28-2004, 09:10 PM   #2
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namgor; go to section 5 single list
howto page 23 of 56pp,s Large Disk-HowTo.
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Check the partition ID using fdisk or cfdisk. Make sure it is 0xc and not 0xb. 0xb max size is 2048 MB.
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um... i dont get it. my other partitions are over 2048 MB!! (except for partition like swaps... etc). I will try to see if it is 0xc or 0xb. I can change it around easily, right?
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mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/whatever
is that what you're doing?
Old 06-29-2004, 10:03 AM   #6
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my goal is to make a VFAT (FAT32?) partition of 20GB (out of my 80GB HD)
Old 06-29-2004, 12:37 PM   #7
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you know what, i got it resolved

first , i partition my HD using PQ's partition magic to create a FAT32 partition of 20GB
then during linux installation i just leave it the way it is, except to mount it to /my-vfat-files

and it worked so well..

thanks all who helped! :-)


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