Formatting Removable Disk Cartridge in FAT32
To format a removable disk cartridge in FAT32, on Linux platform:
- Attach the drive to a Linux box and run
fdisk -l. Verify that OS can see the device path. If the device is visible, you will be able to see the device path (for example, like
- Run the fdisk command (for example,
fdisk /dev/sdb) to get the list of option available on the device. Press '
m' to get the list. Press '
p' to see the partition table of the device.
- If there is no partition present in the device go to Step 5.
- If partitions are present, delete the partition by pressing ‘
d’. Press ‘
p’ and verify that partition got deleted.
- Press '
n' to add new partition. Press '
p' to select primary partition. Enter partition number, first cylinder and Last cylinder. You can keep the default values (specified in bracket) for these fields.
- Press '
p' to print the partition table and verify that partition got created. By default Linux partition gets created as indicated by system column when you print the partition table.
- Select FAT32 to change the Linux partition to FAT32. Press ‘
l’ to see the list of hex codes corresponding to partition system id. Press ‘
c’ to select WIN95 FAT32 (LBA).
p’ to see the partition table and verify that the system type and system id has been changed to reflect FAT32
- Press ‘
w’ to write partition table to disk and exit.
fdisk –land verify that a partition (for example,
/dev/sdb1) has been created.
- Run the
mkfscommand (for example,
mkfs –t vfat /dev/sdb1) to make the FAT32 file system.
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