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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.

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)

AUTHOR
       Werner Almesberger (almesber@nessie.cs.id.ethz.ch)

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

Linux 0.99				 1 February 1993			      FDFORMAT(8)
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