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Re: 8 GB Flash drive formatted at 3.7 GB



On 12/21/2009 03:13 PM, Robert Nichols wrote:
> Mikkel wrote:
>> Under Linux, you can do both. While you will be asked if that is
>> what you really want to do, the tools are happy to let you. Mount
>> has no problems mounting /dev/sda if you have formatted /dev/sda.
>> (Apposed to formatting /dev/sda1). Windows may not like it, but that
>> is another story.
> 
> Putting a filesystem on the entire, unpartitioned device is referred
> to as "super floppy" or "superfloppy" format.  It's been around, and
> supported, since the days of ZIP disks.
> 
My experience with ZIP disks was that if they came formatted, or if
you used the Omega formatting tools, they always had one partition.
What partition was an indication of what system they were formatted
for. Windows was partition 4, Linux was partition 1, and I don't
remember what MAC used. (It might not have used a DOS-type partition
table.)

I am not sure how far back the ability goes, but I suspect you could
do the same thing with the disk packs attached to mainframes. I also
remember removable platter SCSI drives that pre-dated ZIP drives,
but I can not remember what they were called. The didn't have nearly
as much capacity, and the cartridges were larger. I think I still
have a couple in storage somewhere... (I really NEED to clean house!!!)

Mikkel
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  Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons,
for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!

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