mformat



mformat(1)                                                          mformat(1)




Name

       mformat - add an MSDOS filesystem to a low-level formatted floppy disk




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Description

       The  mformat command is used to add an MS-DOS filesystem to a low-level
       formatted diskette. Its syntax is:

       mformat [-t cylinders] [-h heads] [-n sectors]
         [-f size] [-1] [-4] [-8]
         [-v volume_label]
         [-F] [-S sizecode] [-X]
         [-2 sectors_on_track_0] [-3]
         [-0 rate_on_track_0] [-A rate_on_other_tracks]
         [-M software_sector_size]
         [-N serial_number] [-a]
         [-C] [-H hidden_sectors] [-I fsVersion]
         [-r root_sectors] [-L fat_len]
         [-B boot_sector] [-k]
         drive:


       Mformat adds a minimal MS-DOS filesystem (boot sector,  FAT,  and  root
       directory) to a diskette that has already been formatted by a Unix low-
       level format.

       The following options are supported: (The S, 2, 1 and M options may not
       exist  if  this  copy  of  mtools  has been compiled without the USE_2M
       option)

       The following options are the same as for Dos’s format command:



Options

       v      Specifies the volume label. A volume label identifies  the  disk
              and  can  be  a  maximum  of  11  characters. If you omit the -v
              switch, mlabel will assign no label to the disk.

       f      Specifies the size of the DOS filesystem to format. Only a  cer-
              tain  number of predefined sizes are supported by this flag; for
              others use the -h/-t/-n flags.  The  following  sizes  are  sup-
              ported:

              160    160K,  single-sided,  8  sectors  per track, 40 cylinders
                     (for 5 1/4 DD)

              180    160K, single-sided, 9 sectors  per  track,  40  cylinders
                     (for 5 1/4 DD)

              320    320K,  double-sided,  8  sectors  per track, 40 cylinders
                     (for 5 1/4 DD)

              360    360K, double-sided, 9 sectors  per  track,  40  cylinders
                     (for 5 1/4 DD)

              720    720K,  double-sided,  9  sectors  per track, 80 cylinders
                     (for 3 1/2 DD)

              1200   1200K, double-sided, 15 sectors per track,  80  cylinders
                     (for 5 1/4 HD)

              1440   1440K,  double-sided,  18 sectors per track, 80 cylinders
                     (for 3 1/2 HD)

              2880   2880K, double-sided, 36 sectors per track,  80  cylinders
                     (for 3 1/2 ED)

       t      Specifies the number of tracks on the disk.

       h      The number of heads (sides).

       n      Specifies  the  number of sectors per track. If the 2m option is
              given, number of 512-byte sector equivalents on  generic  tracks
              (i.e.  not head 0 track 0).  If the 2m option is not given, num-
              ber of physical sectors per track (which may be bigger than  512
              bytes).

       1      Formats a single side (equivalent to -h 1)

       4      Formats  a  360K  double-sided disk (equivalent to -f 360). When
              used together with -the 1 switch, this  switch  formats  a  180K
              disk

       8      Formats a disk with 8 sectors per track.

       MSDOS  format’s  q, u and b options are not supported, and s has a dif-
       ferent meaning.

       The following options are specific to mtools:


       F      Format the partition as FAT32.

       S      The sizecode. The size of the sector is 2 ^ (sizecode + 7).

       X      formats the disk as an XDF  disk.  See  section  XDF,  for  more
              details.  The disk has first to be low-level formatted using the
              xdfcopy utility included in the fdutils package. XDF  disks  are
              used for instance for OS/2 install disks.

       2      2m  format. The parameter to this option describes the number of
              sectors on track 0, head 0. This option is recommended for  sec-
              tors bigger than normal.

       3      don’t  use a 2m format, even if the current geometry of the disk
              is a 2m geometry.

       0      Data transfer rate on track 0

       A      Data transfer rate on tracks other than 0

       M      software sector size. This parameter describes the  sector  size
              in  bytes  used  by  the MS-DOS filesystem. By default it is the
              physical sector size.

       N      Uses the requested serial  number,  instead  of  generating  one
              automatically

       a      If  this option is given, an Atari style serial number is gener-
              ated.  Ataris store their serial number in the OEM label.

       C      creates the disk image file to install the MS-DOS filesystem  on
              it. Obviously, this is useless on physical devices such as flop-
              pies and hard disk partitions,  but  is  interesting  for  image
              files.

       H      number  of  hidden sectors. This parameter is useful for format-
              ting hard disk partition, which are not aligned on track  bound-
              aries (i.e. first head of first track doesn’t belong to the par-
              tition, but contains a partition table). In that case the number
              of hidden sectors is in general the number of sectors per cylin-
              der. This is untested.

       I      Sets the fsVersion id when formatting a FAT32 drive.   In  order
              to find this out, run minfo on an existing FAT32 drive, and mail
              me about it, so I can include the correct value in  future  ver-
              sions of mtools.

       c      Sets  the  size of a cluster (in sectors).  If this cluster size
              would generate a FAT that too big for its number of bits, mtools
              automatically increases the cluster size, until the FAT is small
              enough.

       r      Sets the size of the root directory (in sectors).  Only applica-
              ble to 12 and 16 bit FATs.

       L      Sets the length of the FAT.

       B      Use  the  bootsector stored in the given file or device, instead
              of using its own.  Only the geometry fields are updated to match
              the target disks parameters.

       k      Keep  the  existing  boot  sector as much as possible.  Only the
              geometry fields and other similar filesystem data are updated to
              match the target disks parameters.

       To format a diskette at a density other than the default, you must sup-
       ply (at least) those command line parameters that  are  different  from
       the default.

       Mformat returns 0 on success or 1 on failure.

       It  doesn’t record bad block information to the Fat, use mbadblocks for
       that.



See Also

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