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Formatting an usb stick

Posted on: November 17, 2010


I will assume that the device will be format is called /dev/sdb

1. You should assure the device is unmounted.

# umount /dev/sdb

2. Fdisk is an Unix tool usefull to format devices.

# fdisk -l /dev/sdb

Usefull parameters:

2.1 -l list partitions table.
2.2 d delete partitions.
2.3 n Create partitions.
2.4 t Change partition type.
2.5 w Write changes.
2.6 q Quit.

3. Disconnect usb stick and come back to connect.

4. Format the usb stick.

# mkfs -t vfat /dev/sdb1

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