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.\" May be distributed under the GNU General Public License
.TH FDFORMAT 1 "20 June 1996" "Linux 0.99" "Linux Programmer's Manual"
.SH NAME
fdformat \- Low-level formats a floppy disk
.SH SYNOPSIS
.B fdformat
.B "[ \-n ]"
device
.SH DESCRIPTION
.B fdformat
does a low level format on a floppy disk.
.I device
is usually one of the following (for floppy devices, the major = 2, and the
minor is shown for informational purposes only):
.sp
.nf
.RS
/dev/fd0u360 
/dev/fd0u1200
/dev/fd0u360 
/dev/fd0u360 
/dev/fd0u720 
/dev/fd0u720 
/dev/fd0u360 
/dev/fd0u720 
/dev/fd0u1440

/dev/fd1d360
/dev/fd1h1200
/dev/fd1D360
/dev/fd1H360
/dev/fd1D720
/dev/fd1H720
/dev/fd1h360
/dev/fd1h720
/dev/fd1H1440
.RE fi

The generic floppy devices, /dev/fd0 and /dev/fd1, will fail to work with
.B fdformat
when a non-standard format is being used, or if the format has not been
autodetected earlier.  In this case, use
.BR setfdprm (8)
to load the disk parameters.

.SH OPTIONS
.TP
.B \-n
No verify.  This option will disable the verification that is performed
after the format.
.SH "SEE ALSO"
.BR fd (4),
.BR setfdprm (8),
.BR superformat (1)
.SH AUTHOR
Werner Almesberger (almesber@nessie.cs.id.ethz.ch) wrote the original C
program. Michael Meskes (meskes@informatik.rwth-aachen.de) wrote the
replacement shell script.