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    How do I format a pen drive using Mandriva?

    i am able to format it in Windows but I cannot find any help about Mandriva

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    SuperMod (Back again) devils casper's Avatar
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    Hi and Welcome !

    You can use mkfs command to format partition(s) of any drive. Check manual of mkfs command
    man mkfs
    I would suggest you to be careful while executing that command.

    mkfs.vfat /dev/<disk>
    Above code will format it in FAT32 filesystem.
    Replace disk with device name assigned to Pen Drive.


    Use GParted Partition Manager. Its available in LiveCDs of most of distros.
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    Blackfooted Penguin daark.child's Avatar
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    There is a slight error in Caspers command. It should be
    mkfs.vfat /dev/<disk>
    If you don't like the command line stuff, install gparted using the Mandriva package manager and use that to format your usb stick.

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    I don't run Mandriva. But I make sure I have some versiion of Gparted installed on any operating system Iam using just for what you are trying to do. Just unmount USB from the Menu (left click) . Then left click again and create new, Pick a file system from button, Hit appy and you are off to the races.
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    Welcome to the forums!

    I'll second Casper's suggestion above to use gparted on a liveCD. It couldn't get much easier to handle partitioning chores than that. The Parted Magic LiveCD is a good option should you wish to try it.

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    You don't need gparted, Mandriva's got an excellent partitioning tool built into Mandriva Control Center.
    Configure Your Computer -> Local disk -> Manage disk partitions
    Click on the tab for the disk, select the partition & there should be a big Format button on the right.

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