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Re: 8 GB Flash drive formatted at 3.7 GB

Marcel Rieux wrote:
On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 9:40 PM, Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
If you remember well, I said I formatted the drive by right clicking
on the icon.  If you format sdb, an sdb1 partition will be created. If
you don't have a partition, the drive can't be used.

Whatever gave you that idea?

As I said, I right clicked on the drive, chose Format and now there's
an sdb1 partition and no other. I never created it otherwise.

I assume "right click" implies you did this with some GUI tool which did what it thought you should do instead of what you asked it to do. I have no experience using such, and what experience I have with others using them is only when people ask "what did this do?" When it works I don't hear about it. ;-)

Can't really help with GUI tools, sorry.

A file system is on a device, partitions are devices too. Try "ls -l
/dev/sda*" and look at the first letter, all block devices.

You're right, my hasty extrapolations were wrong. But I don't believe
you can get a Flash drive working that will be listed only as /dev/sdb
any more than you can have a HD working with only /dev/sda. I have no
idea about arrays, I'm talking about standard desktops with one drive.

Or, so do I think, cause I've always created  / and /home partitions with Linux.

As I'm sure others will tell you, sure you can.
  mke2fs /dev/sdb
  {tell it yes, do what you asked}
  mkdir -p /tmp/sdb && mount /dev/sdb /tmp/sdb

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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