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FDFORMAT(8)                Linux Programmer's Manual               FDFORMAT(8)



NAME
       fdformat - Low-level formats a floppy disk

SYNOPSIS
       fdformat [-n] device

DESCRIPTION
       fdformat does a low level format on a floppy disk.  device is usually one of the following (for floppy devices,
       the major = 2, and the minor is shown for informational purposes only):

              /dev/fd0d360  (minor = 4)
              /dev/fd0h1200 (minor = 8)
              /dev/fd0D360  (minor = 12)
              /dev/fd0H360  (minor = 12)
              /dev/fd0D720  (minor = 16)
              /dev/fd0H720  (minor = 16)
              /dev/fd0h360  (minor = 20)
              /dev/fd0h720  (minor = 24)
              /dev/fd0H1440 (minor = 28)

              /dev/fd1d360  (minor = 5)
              /dev/fd1h1200 (minor = 9)
              /dev/fd1D360  (minor = 13)
              /dev/fd1H360  (minor = 13)
              /dev/fd1D720  (minor = 17)
              /dev/fd1H720  (minor = 17)
              /dev/fd1h360  (minor = 21)
              /dev/fd1h720  (minor = 25)
              /dev/fd1H1440 (minor = 29)

       The generic floppy devices, /dev/fd0 and /dev/fd1, will fail to work with fdformat when a  non-standard  format
       is  being  used, or if the format has not been autodetected earlier.  In this case, use setfdprm(8) to load the
       disk parameters.

       For ATAPI IDE floppy driver (also known as LS-120 drives or "Superdisk" drives) you have to use the  floppy(8).


OPTIONS
       -n     No verify.  This option will disable the verification that is performed after the format.

SEE ALSO
       fd(4), setfdprm(8), mkfs(8), emkfs(8), floppy(8)

AUTHOR
       Werner Almesberger (almesberATnessie.ch)

AVAILABILITY
       The   fdformat   command   is   part  of  the  util-linux-ng  package  and  is  available  from  ftp://ftp.ker-
       nel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux-ng/.



Linux 0.99                      1 February 1993                    FDFORMAT(8)