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Old 24th July 2008
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is there a way to format fat32 drives quickly under FreeBSD?

I'm formatting a 1TB drive under BSD and it's taking forever. I'm just using the command: 'newfs_msdos /dev/da0s1' and my drive is on USB 2.0.
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Can fat32 be used for a 1TB volume?
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I think he mean 1GB not TB. See - it is a flash drive.
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Can fat32 be used for a 1TB volume?
No, as far as i know....
When i bought this PC, i tried to install WinXp sp0
I had 160GB, and because of some bug, it only recognized 90 GB

you should use ntfs instead


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I think he mean 1GB not TB. See - it is a flash drive.
Or external HDD


EDIT:
i checked manual, it doesn't say anything about fast format...

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Theoretically FAT32 supports 2TB volumes, and a max 4GB file size... FreeBSD's newfs_msdos has no fast format option.

Personally, neither FAT32 or NTFS are a good option...
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I meant 1TB, it's a 1TB seagate sata HD in a USB caddy.

I have to format it as either fat32 or ext3 for a media player device. I choose fat32 as i want to easily transfer files from a windows box.

Currently it takes 33minutes to format the 1TB drive and I'm reformatting it many times at different sizes to test out a bug in the media player.
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Well, I doubt it would be worth it unless you really want to bother with it.


Windows XP has a quick format option for FAT32, limited to like 30~60 some GB. GNU Parted via a LiveCD or Linux installation can then grow the partition larger, probably to the size you need.
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Well, I doubt it would be worth it unless you really want to bother with it.


Windows XP has a quick format option for FAT32, limited to like 30~60 some GB. GNU Parted via a LiveCD or Linux installation can then grow the partition larger, probably to the size you need.
But the question remains, if it will be supported under win
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The largest partitions sizes I've used with Windows (XP SP2) have been in the 80-120GB range, 1TB... Only GOD and Microsoft would know without trying it.


Any compliant implementation should work with a FAT32 volume of any legal size, shouldn't it?
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"even" if its supported, creating a 1TB DOSFS is insane.
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There are ext2/3 drivers for windows available. They've never failed for me, anyway.
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