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Old 08-29-2003, 02:47 PM   #1
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use linux to format a FAT32 Hard Disk ?

Hey guys, the subject says it all.
can i use linux for format a disk (currently ntfs) to fat32 ???

if so, what command do i need to use ?

and i assume i will have full read write access (i know i will lose all data on the drive)

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Why not use Windows?
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Check out this posting. It explains how to do this.
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"Why not use windows"
Because i dont have windows. but i do have a hard drive formatted in the ntfs file system.

but thats got my little problem sorted thanX
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mkdosfs does fairly well, though you gotta learn how to use it. Also, you must partition a FAT32 partition under fdisk and not a Linux Native partition. I prefer to use Linux to do this kind of disk management. Run into too many problems with Windows, especially with large disks.

Why not format it as a Linux Native anyway since you don't have Windows? You may be in an advantageous position with no terrorist activity nearby.

If you have a floppy drive, you can go to and search under their distros for "TOMSRTBT LINUX". However, the newest one has a coding error that won't let it boot. You need an older version which is also there. Better yet, it's here: Simply run the installer that is in the tar you download ( I believe) and then reboot from the floppy you just made. It will give you enough directions to get going. You'll have to mount everything by hand to access it though.

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