fdformat

FDFORMAT(1)                Linux Programmer's Manual               FDFORMAT(1)



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/fd0u360
              /dev/fd0u1200
              /dev/fd0u360
              /dev/fd0u360
              /dev/fd0u720
              /dev/fd0u720
              /dev/fd0u360
              /dev/fd0u720
              /dev/fd0u1440

              /dev/fd1d360
              /dev/fd1h1200
              /dev/fd1D360
              /dev/fd1H360
              /dev/fd1D720
              /dev/fd1H720
              /dev/fd1h360
              /dev/fd1h720
              /dev/fd1H1440

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), superformat(1)

AUTHOR
       Werner Almesberger (almesber@nessie.cs.id.ethz.ch) wrote the original C
       program. Michael Meskes (meskes@informatik.rwth-aachen.de) wrote the
       replacement shell script.



Linux 0.99                       20 June 1996                      FDFORMAT(1)