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Old 03-13-2004, 03:45 PM   #1
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creating new partition


I follow these instructions

(roughly, fdisk /dev/sda -> n -> p -> 1 -> t -> c -> w)

and when I make

mkfs.vfat /dev/sda1

it tells me

mkfs.vfat 2.8 (28 Feb 2001)
mkfs.vfat: Attempting to create a too large file system

My disc is external 250 GB disc.

I get the same error when I want to create smaller partition, e.g. 40 GB.

What is it ?

Thank you.
Old 03-13-2004, 05:34 PM   #2
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I've found at MS website that Win 2k/XP can format FAT32 partition up to 32GB. So you probably need to deal with the limit somehow.
Old 03-14-2004, 02:50 AM   #3
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There is a limitation indeed. But with Partition Magic it is 200GB. I had thus to create two partitions, 200GB and 50GB. It is FAT32 partitions (or VFAT in Linux terms). It is mounted under /dev/sda, because it is connected ti USB, and USB simulates it as SCSI (sda) disc. Then, I mount it on /mnt/data for the partition of 200GB and /nbt/mirroir for the second one.

The problem now is that only root can write on these directories. Despite the fact that there are -wrx for everybody before mounting, after mounting there are -rx for everybody and -wrx for the root.

How do one give permissions to write in this case ?

And another question: how do one load a specific modeule at boot ? I inserted 'modprobe vfat' line in /etc/modules.conf ile, but it didn't work, plenty of errors.

Thank you.
Old 03-14-2004, 07:31 AM   #4
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For read/write add the option umask=000 to the /etc/fstab entry for the vfat filesystem.

BTW this might be one of the most frequently asked questions. Have you searched the website for answers yet?

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