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Old 04-27-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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When i got my first windows machine, I also got a floppy disk to format the hard drive is there such a utility for linux ? All i have found will take hours if not days to download on dialup.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 03:50 PM   #2
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http://www.toms.net/rb

Takes a 1.44 meg disk, wites a 1.82 format on it (under windows or linux). It saved my butt more often than I care to remember in the floppy years . . .
/gets all nostalgic

You may not have dialup on it without a struggle.
 
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:21 PM   #3
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Well i dont know any tools to format disk from windows to a linux filesystem recognized. business_kid give to you a great tip, that comes with a lot tools to start, if the time connections is the problem you could look the http://tinycorelinux.com/ (i use sometimes) , the complete version with X is a iso image with 30mb and the microcore version without x, it's only 7MB u can download in 15 minutes with dialup connection. Take a look could be interesting to u.
Good Lucky
 
Old 04-27-2011, 08:58 PM   #4
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What, exactly, are you trying to do?

If you're trying to format the HDD for a Linux install, the installation CD/DVD will have a partitioner included that will create and format partitions, or format the entire HDD if you choose.

If you are wanting a startup disk for your Linux install, some distros also include a utitity for that. It will be available for download for the ones that don't.

If you are trying to format the HDD to reinstall Windows, that is included on your Windows CD. Just boot from CD, select "Full Install", then follow the prompts to delete the Windows partition, create new partition on the unused space, then install Windows on the new partition with full format.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 09:04 PM   #5
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when you got your first windows machine it was necessary to do a physical format operation on the hard drive

Unless I'm wrong, modern hard drives no longer require that operation. I believe they continuopusly look for bad tracks and reassign failing tracks on the fly.

And most floppies come pre formatted.

Now the word format has taken on a new meaning - similar to the concept of partitioning and installing a file system.

I am not an expert on this and am happy to defer to those who know more than I.
 
Old 04-27-2011, 09:40 PM   #6
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when you got your first windows machine it was necessary to do a physical format operation on the hard drive

Unless I'm wrong, modern hard drives no longer require that operation. I believe they continuopusly look for bad tracks and reassign failing tracks on the fly.
To create/recreate a partition to install an OS, yes, they do. Looking for and reassigning bad tracks only improves the integrity of your data after the fact.

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Now the word format has taken on a new meaning - similar to the concept of partitioning and installing a file system.
Even back in the days of MS-DOS, fdisk allowed the creation of multiple partitions. While you were limited to Primary DOS and Extended DOS, the concept hasn't changed at all. Formatting IS the installation of the file system on the selected partition.
 
  


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