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Old 01-26-2010, 08:02 PM   #1
casualzone
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unable to get drive geometry when mkfs.vfat


I got this message when I tried to format my eternal usb hard disk to vfat format. Do you know what it is about?

# /sbin/mkfs.vfat /dev/uba3
mkfs.vfat 2.11 (12 Mar 2005)
unable to get drive geometry, using default 255/63


i have umount all the /media/

I have done an experiment on /dev/uba3. I was able to /sbin/mkfs.ext3 /dev/uba3 but not on mkfs.vfat

Last edited by casualzone; 01-26-2010 at 08:10 PM.
 
Old 01-27-2010, 01:09 AM   #2
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I have the same problem with an old USB music player. I tried to use parted and fdisk, but nothing worked. I don't know about your drive, but in my case there has a bug been reported before, with some nice specs that could help the people.
 
Old 01-28-2010, 09:56 PM   #3
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any other replies?
 
Old 01-28-2010, 11:36 PM   #4
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I finally managed to format my USB disk found on /dev/sdc like this(apparently my disk was too small for fat32):

mkdosfs -F 16 -I /dev/sdc
 
Old 01-10-2014, 02:25 PM   #5
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Quote:
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I finally managed to format my USB disk found on /dev/sdc like this(apparently my disk was too small for fat32):

mkdosfs -F 16 -I /dev/sdc


I have the same problem and I tried with your example above but the error is the same...The partition is 800 mb on USB.. Dont know what to do,anyone help please
 
  


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