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Re: 8 GB Flash drive formatted at 3.7 GB - jdow is back



On Fri, 2009-12-25 at 15:28 -0800, jdow wrote:
> 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.
> 
> {^_-}
> 

[OT} Just today I was ruminating about what ever happened to jdow. And
suddenly she appears.
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