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Subject: RE: unable to format hard drive?
From: VanBaren, Gerald (AGRE) (Gerald.VanBaren_at_smiths-aerospace.com)
Date: 2004-02-26


linux instructions from memory (i.e. may have inaccuracies):

First you need to know which device the drive is attached to. You should already know that if you are using linux with the device, but in case you don't know it, try doing a "tail -f /var/log/messages" (need to be root in RedHat) and _then_ plug in the drive. Look for messages talking about "sda" or "sdb" You could also go down the /proc/bus/usb tree to find the drive.

The drive will be /dev/sda unless this isn't the first SCSI or USB type drive: then it would be /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, etc.

Assuming you've partitioned the disk and you want to format the first partition, on the command line (you will need to be root -- the "#" is the command prompt, DO NOT TYPE IT IN :-):
  # mkfs -t vfat /dev/sda1

For the second partition, use /dev/sda2. If you didn't partition the disk (e.g. floppy style storage), it would be /dev/sda.

gvb

> -----Original Message-----
> From: rockbox-bounces_at_cool.haxx.se
> [mailto:rockbox-bounces_at_cool.haxx.se]On Behalf Of John Eckman
> Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2004 10:10 AM
> To: Rockbox development
> Subject: RE: unable to format hard drive?
>
>
> Sorry - should have specified in my original email.
>
> Partition Manager can format FAT32 drives of 80 gigs - it is
> how I originally formatted the drive.
>
> Windows 2000's built-in formatting (in Device Manager or at a
> DOS prompt) won't format larger drives - but it is failing
> even if I try to make it NTFS.
>
> If I use a Linux distro, anyone have good directions on
> formatting a USB attached disk in Linux as FAT32?
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: rockbox-bounces_at_cool.haxx.se on behalf of
> rockboxmailinglist_at_gmx.net
> Sent: Thu 2/26/2004 9:49 AM
> To: Rockbox development
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: unable to format hard drive?
>
>
>
> J> My JBR20 has an 80 gig drive in it.
>
> J> (...)
>
> J> Any advice? (I don't have access currently to a
> linux box, just win2k or
> J> MacOS X).
>
> As much as I know Windows 2000 is unable to format
> drives exceeding a
> certain capacity with FAT32. I had a similar problem
> with an imagetank
> that has a 20 GB hard disk built-in - I couldn't format
> it using my
> laptop with Windows 2000 on it. So I tried it again with the
> imagetank connected to my desktop computer running
> Windows XP - there
> it worked.
>
> If you don't have access to a Windows XP machine you should try
> Knoppix as Mike Holden stated in another message.
> Knoppix can be
> booted completey from CD-ROM, no installation required.
> It should be
> able to format your drive with FAT32.
>
> Carsten
>
>
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