Special Forums Hardware Filesystems, Disks and Memory Can I format a partition in Linux with FAT32 or NTFS? Post 302808137 by ravisingh on Thursday 16th of May 2013 02:33:57 AM
Can I format a partition in Linux with FAT32 or NTFS?

I tried in fedora 9 to format a partition with FAT32 or NTFS but failed
Code:
mkfs -t NTFS /dev/sdb3
mkfs -t FAT32 /dev/sdb3

In both the output says the the device isn't present.
the output is something like this:
mkfs.FAT32: no device present
mkfs.NTFS: no device present

I am able to format in Linux with ext3/4 and so I expected the format type to be visible in the below command output but isn't present in the output
Code:
fdisk /dev/sdb
command (m for help): l

I pressed l so as to list the diff. format types
I don't find ext3 or ext4 present. There is a type named 'Extended' but when I run the mkfs command with this type the same error I get. Why so?
 
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MKFS(8) 						       System Administration							   MKFS(8)

NAME
mkfs - build a Linux filesystem SYNOPSIS
mkfs [options] [-t type] [fs-options] device [size] DESCRIPTION
mkfs is used to build a Linux filesystem on a device, usually a hard disk partition. The device argument is either the device name (e.g. /dev/hda1, /dev/sdb2), or a regular file that shall contain the filesystem. The size argument is the number of blocks to be used for the filesystem. The exit code returned by mkfs is 0 on success and 1 on failure. In actuality, mkfs is simply a front-end for the various filesystem builders (mkfs.fstype) available under Linux. The filesystem-specific builder is searched for in a number of directories, like perhaps /sbin, /sbin/fs, /sbin/fs.d, /etc/fs, /etc (the precise list is defined at compile time but at least contains /sbin and /sbin/fs), and finally in the directories listed in the PATH environment variable. Please see the filesystem-specific builder manual pages for further details. OPTIONS
-t, --type type Specify the type of filesystem to be built. If not specified, the default filesystem type (currently ext2) is used. fs-options Filesystem-specific options to be passed to the real filesystem builder. Although not guaranteed, the following options are sup- ported by most filesystem builders. -V, --verbose Produce verbose output, including all filesystem-specific commands that are executed. Specifying this option more than once inhibits execution of any filesystem-specific commands. This is really only useful for testing. -V, --version Display version information and exit. (Option -V will display version information only when it is the only parameter, otherwise it will work as --verbose.) -h, --help Display help and exit. BUGS
All generic options must precede and not be combined with filesystem-specific options. Some filesystem-specific programs do not support the -V (verbose) option, nor return meaningful exit codes. Also, some filesystem-specific programs do not automatically detect the device size and require the size parameter to be specified. AUTHORS
David Engel (david@ods.com) Fred N. van Kempen (waltje@uwalt.nl.mugnet.org) Ron Sommeling (sommel@sci.kun.nl) The manual page was shamelessly adapted from Remy Card's version for the ext2 filesystem. SEE ALSO
fs(5), badblocks(8), fsck(8), mkdosfs(8), mke2fs(8), mkfs.bfs(8), mkfs.ext2(8), mkfs.ext3(8), mkfs.ext4(8), mkfs.minix(8), mkfs.msdos(8), mkfs.vfat(8), mkfs.xfs(8), mkfs.xiafs(8) AVAILABILITY
The mkfs command is part of the util-linux package and is available from ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/. util-linux June 2011 MKFS(8)

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