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Date:      Sat, 24 Aug 1996 11:56:23 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Gary Kline <kline@tera.com>
To:        durang@u.washington.edu (Ken Marsh)
Cc:        reyes01@ibm.net, questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: How to format a floppy disk for FreeBSD?
Message-ID:  <199608241856.LAA27736@athena.tera.com>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.A32.3.92a.960824110056.108423D-100000@homer01.u.washington.edu> from Ken Marsh at "Aug 24, 96 11:01:42 am"

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According to Ken Marsh:
> On Sat, 24 Aug 1996, Francisco Reyes wrote:
> 
> > I tried the FAQ, the Handbook and the Email archives and could not
> > find how to format a floppy disk for FreeBSD. I did find how to mount
> > it for DOS though.
> 
> Here's the comment from /etc/disktab about floppies:
> # To make a filesystem on a floppy:
> #       fdformat [-f <size>] fd<drive>[.<size>]
> #       disklabel -B -r -w fd<drive>[.<size>] fd<size>
> #       newfs <opts> fd<drive>[.<size>]
> #
> # with <opts>:
> #       -t 2    - two heads
> #       -u 9|15|18 - sectors per track
> #       (using the default value of 1/4096 is not much useful for
> floppies)
> #       -l 1    - interleave 1 (for most floppies)
> #       -i 65536 - bytes of data per i-node
> #       (the default -i value will render you with a floppy wasting way
> #       too much space in i-node areas)
> 
> 

	To format a floppy for mounting on FBSD, this cookbook
	works for me for the 3.5-inch 1.44M floppies.   

	As root:

	   # fdformat /dev/rfd0
	   # disklabel -w -B fd0 fd1440 
	   # newfs -t 2  -u 15 -i 65536 -l1 /dev/rfd0

	And to simply format a 1.44, simply:

	   # fdformat /dev/rfd0

	This is for floppy dev 0 == ``COM1''

	gary



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