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    How do you format a partition fat32 (vfat)


    I have FC-5 and use KDE.

    How do you format, in Linux, a partition fat32?

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    You need dosfstools first, then:

    mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/***

    Make sure you specify -F 32 otherwise it defaults to 12 or 16.

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    The command is correct, but you need to replace the '***' with the partition you actually want to format. You may have known that, but typing '***' directly will have disastrous results.

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    mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/***
    this command is disastrous..... although 'Zero-0-Effect' wrote '***' just to mark user's partition choice but newbies can hose whole system with it......

    $ mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/hdax

    replace x with partition number.....



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    whoops.. wasnt thinking when I posted that. Should of stated that. Thanks for correcting.

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    Just curious, what happens when you type

    mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/xxx ?
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    Hi Juan Pablo !!

    its *** not XXX....
    you know what these wildcards can do .....



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    Oh, I see, didn't read it correctly. I once had a problem like that with

    root file system+chmod 777+wildcards+sudo

    Just a disaster ...
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