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Here's the thing. I have a new 80GB hd on my HP laptop. I installed WinXP on a small portion of the disk (10GB). The rest is RAW, right? So I install SlackWare 10.2 on a 12GB partition and a swap of 512MB. I have around 58GB or so that are RAW.
Since I need that part in FAT32 to be accesable from both OS's I tried to format the space with XP and it only gave me the NTFS option, so I went to the command prompt and did a:
C:\>format e: /FS:FAT32
It started to format, but after it finished it said: "volume is too big for FAT32" ??
I want to know what command to use in Linux if I want to format this section in FAT32. Can anyone help please?
"I want to know what command to use in Linux if I want to format this section in FAT32."
mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/hda4
"It started to format, but after it finished it said: "volume is too big for FAT32" ??"
FAT32 can only support up to 2G. This 2G limit holds true whether you format in Windows or format in Linux. So I suggest that you create one or more logical partitions of size 2G and leave the rest of your hard drive available as RAW.
theoreticaly it can be up to 2TB but for example using windoze tools will not let You format a fat32 partition larger than 32GB - although with some tricks u can use larger than 32GB partitions in windoze
what do you use to format a swap partition, mkfs.swap ???
and if it's not mkfs.vfat then what is it???
yes, i made the idiot mistake of reformatting my swap partition and now it won't mount properly. i've run e2fsck on it and it makes corrects but it still does not mount. or if it does, it reports a size of 0.
please help, i do not want to have to re-%$#-install slackware over this.
Unfortunately, /dev/hda2 is not big enough that using it would be worth your trouble.
The next one over is /dev/hda3 ( Extended ) and you can't remove that without messing with 5 and 6.
If it was my system, I'd fix the partitions on /dev/hdb and use a livecd with partimage . Save the partimage image to someplace on /dev/hdb and also save your jpg and mp3 stuff in a folder on /dev/hdb .
From a livecd still...
I would remove all partitions on /dev/hda and create /dev/hda1 to the larger size which you desire.
Next, restore the partimage image to the new /dev/hda1.
Next, run the command: e2fsck -f /dev/hda1
Next, run the command: resize2fs -f /dev/hda1
Next, create the swap partition and run the command: mkswap /dev/hda2
Next, create the Extended partition
EDIT: If partitions 5 and 6 are used for something like /home and /usr then you will want to backup those partitions and restore them with partimage.
You cannot format a volume larger than 32 gigabytes (GB) in size using the FAT32 file system during the Windows XP installation process. Windows XP can mount and support FAT32 volumes larger than 32 GB (subject to the other limits), but you cannot create a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB by using the Format tool during Setup.
As you can see, you can't create it during Setup, but you can after it
And jailbait is right, swap has it's own filesystem, so you can use a partition for it, or format a file and use a swap file instead of a partition.
vfat is a FAT filesystem, not a Swap one, you could however, put a Swap formated FILE under vfat.
I recently bought a new 200GB Hard Drive. Installed it, booted windows, create a new FAT32 partition, but heee.... it didn't take the complete disk space/size (don't know exactly what it was but I remember it being bigger than than 32GB).
Ah well, I just booted my Slackware install on the same machine, created the partition, and booted Windows, and there it was, my 200 GB