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Re: 8 GB Flash drive formatted at 3.7 GB



From: "Robert Nichols" <rnicholsNOSPAM comcast net>
Sent: Tuesday, 2009/December/22 16:37


Mikkel wrote:
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.)

Probably true.  When I was looking for references to "super floppy"
format (formatting a larger drive in the manner of a floppy disk,
i.e. without partitioning) that came up as the time that term became
widely used.  Heck, I'm surprised I even recalled the name.

Bleah - on the Amiga we were formatting them ourselves for real
operating systems. We even had a tool for low level formatting the
drives - any SCSI drive, actually.

{^_-}


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