Low-level format a floppy disk
Syntax fdformat [ -n ] device Options -n No verify. This will disable the verification that is performed after the format.
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.
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Related linux commands:
format - Format disks or tapes
mtools - Manipulate MS-DOS files
fd(4), setfdprm(8), mkfs(8), emkfs(8)
Equivalent Windows commands: FORMAT - Format a disk