MFORMAT(1) General Commands Manual MFORMAT(1)NAME
mformat - add an MSDOS filesystem to a low-level formatted diskette.
mformat [ -t tracks ] [ -h heads ] [ -s sectors ] [ -l volume label ] drive:
Mformat adds a minimal MSDOS filesystem (boot sector, FAT, and root directory) to a diskette that has already been formatted by a Unix low-
The follow options are supported:
t The number of tracks (not cylinders).
h The number of heads (sides).
s The number of sectors per track.
l An optional volume label.
To format a diskette at a density other than the default, you must supply (at least) those command line parameters that are different from
SEE ALSO mlabel(1)BUGS
Requires a low-level format utility from Unix.
Doesn't detect (or record) bad block information.
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FDFORMAT(1) BSD General Commands Manual FDFORMAT(1)NAME
fdformat -- format a floppy diskette
fdformat [-f device] [-t type] [-n] [-B nbps] [-S nspt] [-T ntrk] [-C ncyl] [-P stepspercyl] [-G gaplen] [-F fillbyte] [-X xfer_rate]
The fdformat utility formats a floppy diskette. With no arguments, it formats the default floppy device with the default density parameters
(as provided by the floppy diskette device driver).
As the each track of the floppy diskette is formatted, it is read to verify the format was successful.
The fdformat utility does not create a filesystem of any kind. Use tools like newfs(8), newfs_msdos(8), or mformat(1) (part of the
pkgsrc/sysutils/mtools package) depending on what filesystem type you want to use on the floppy disk to do so.
Available command-line flags are:
Format the floppy using device instead of the default /dev/rfd0a.
Format the floppy using parameters for the diskette named type in /etc/floppytab instead of the device default parameters.
-n Do not verify each track as it is read.
Set the number of bytes per sector for the formatted diskette.
Set the number of sectors per track for the formatted diskette.
Set the number of tracks (heads) per cylinder for the formatted diskette.
Set the number of cylinders for the formatted diskette.
Set the number of motor steps per cylinder for the formatted diskette.
Set the sector gap length for the formatted diskette.
Set the fill byte for the formatted diskette.
Set the bit transfer rate for the formatted diskette.
Set the interleave factor for the formatted diskette.
SEE ALSO fdc(4) (amiga, i386 and sparc ports)
The fdformat utility appeared in NetBSD 1.3.
Some floppy drive units have physical diskette format sensors which automatically select a diskette density for reading. Such drives can
format at alternate densities, but they cannot successfully verify the formatted diskette except at the diskette's normal density.
BSD July 22, 2006 BSD
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