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Old 11-01-2004, 06:31 AM   #1
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To format a floppy?...

I have a floppy that was used in a windows run system. I would like to format it in linux platform.

When I tried to mount the floppy, I got the message that the file system was not specified. Later, when I retried again using the command :

"mount -a /mnt/floppy"

mounting did not take place, though I was sent to the command prompt.

What do I do?


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Old 11-01-2004, 09:35 AM   #2
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don't mount the floppy and issue this command:

mke2fs /dev/fd0
does it give any errors???
the man page would be:::

man tune2fs

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Old 11-02-2004, 01:20 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot dude. Appreciate it. I'd loved to have addressed you by your name. Anyway, thanks again '320mb'.

Old 11-02-2004, 06:39 AM   #4
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also: your floppy should be listed in your /etc/fstab
simply do this to mount your floppy
mount /dev/fd0
and to format
umount /dev/fd0; mke2fs /dev/fd0; mount /dev/fd0
You'll want to note: this will put an ext2 filesystem on the floppy, which is not readable by windows
For that, look @ this thread.

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