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Date:      Sun, 13 Jul 1997 18:48:36 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Doug White <dwhite@gdi.uoregon.edu>
To:        Randall Hopper <rhh@ct.picker.com>
Cc:        Zoltan Sebestyen <sebesty@cs.elte.hu>, FreeBSD questions mailinglist <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Re: BSD fs on SCSI ZIP drive
Message-ID:  <Pine.BSF.3.96.970713184557.3597C-100000@localhost>
In-Reply-To: <19970713152747.48708@ct.picker.com>

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On Sun, 13 Jul 1997, Randall Hopper wrote:

>  | I'd like to format my ZIP disk to BSD fs. My ZIP drive works correctly
>  |under FreeBSD-2.1.5-RELEASE(I'll update it soon to 2.2) with my DOS
>  |formatted ZIP disks, although it keeps reporting while booting that it has
>  |to use fictious geometry, because ZIP doesn't give any. What I'd like to
>  |know if I can format it without problems. Under DOS and it's buddies --
>  |WinNT and WinTOYEARSAGO -- I have to use Iomega's special formatter
>  |utility. And just one more question: Is there any release date for
>  |FreeBSD-3.0?
> 
> Regarding UFS on ZIP disks, here's a short script that'll do the trick.
> Supports creating sliced (my pref) as well as "dangerously dedicated" UFS
> disks.  Note: assumes FreeBSD >= 2.2.  If you want an script that works
> with older versions, just mail me.

Alternatively, you can look at
http://resnet.uoregon.edu/dwhite/makedisk.html for instructions.  You
treat them as you would any other disk, just make sure you have a disk in
there when you boot up so the geometry is probed properly.

You should be able to mount  your DOS-formatted zip using mount -t msdos
/dev/sdXc /mnt, where X is the device number.

FreeBSD 3.0 is still in the works.  I wouldn't expect anything on that
branch anytime soon.  There is still lots of life in 2.x.

Doug White                              | University of Oregon  
Internet:  dwhite@resnet.uoregon.edu    | Residence Networking Assistant
http://gladstone.uoregon.edu/~dwhite    | Computer Science Major
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