Subject: Re: Is there any other way to install besides boot floppies?
To: Glendon Gross <>
From: Dave Huang <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/19/2004 23:58:38
On Fri, Nov 19, 2004 at 06:56:00PM -0800, Glendon Gross wrote:
> My favorite way to format floppies is with dd:
> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/fd0a count=2880 bs=512k
> This way if the command succeeds I know that every 512k block on the 
> floppy is good.
> If the above command fails I usually throw out the floppy.

FWIW, that doesn't actually format the floppy, it just writes 0 bytes
to it. Use fdformat to actually do a format. And 2880 512K blocks? A
floppy is only 1.44MB; 2880 * 512K = 1.44GB... that's quite a floppy!
:) You probably meant bs=512, not bs=512k.
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