FDFORMAT

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SEE ALSO
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NAME

fdformat − Low-level formats a floppy disk

SYNOPSIS

fdformat [ −n ] device

DESCRIPTION

fdformat does a low level format on a floppy disk. device is usually one of the following (for floppy devices, the major = 2, and the minor is shown for informational purposes only):

       /dev/fd0d360  (minor = 4)
       /dev/fd0h1200 (minor = 8)
       /dev/fd0D360  (minor = 12)
       /dev/fd0H360  (minor = 12)
       /dev/fd0D720  (minor = 16)
       /dev/fd0H720  (minor = 16)
       /dev/fd0h360  (minor = 20)
       /dev/fd0h720  (minor = 24)
       /dev/fd0H1440 (minor = 28)

      /dev/fd1d360  (minor = 5)
       /dev/fd1h1200 (minor = 9)
       /dev/fd1D360  (minor = 13)
       /dev/fd1H360  (minor = 13)
       /dev/fd1D720  (minor = 17)
       /dev/fd1H720  (minor = 17)
       /dev/fd1h360  (minor = 21)
       /dev/fd1h720  (minor = 25)
       /dev/fd1H1440 (minor = 29)

The generic floppy devices, /dev/fd0 and /dev/fd1, will fail to work with fdformat when a non-standard format is being used, or if the format has not been autodetected earlier. In this case, use setfdprm(8) to load the disk parameters.

OPTIONS

−n

No verify. This option will disable the verification that is performed after the format.

SEE ALSO

fd(4), setfdprm(8), mkfs(8), emkfs(8)

AUTHOR

Werner Almesberger (almesber@nessie.cs.id.ethz.ch)