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Re: [vox-tech] Floppy Formatting

  • Subject: Re: [vox-tech] Floppy Formatting
  • From: Henry House <hajhouse@housMAPSeag.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 23:21:16 -0700
  • References: 3AE65EFA.7010104@afes.com

On Tue, Apr 24, 2001 at 10:22:02PM -0700, Robert G. Scofield wrote:
> 1)  Formatting must be something different from the installing of a file 
> system, right?

Yes, formatting a floppy = low-level formatting, which equals dividing the
disk into blocks and sectors. Adding a filesystem adds the inodes, extent
tables, etc. Anyone who understands disks and filesystems better care to

> 2)  If one backs up files to a floppy using tar, should one install the 
> linux file system on the floppy?

Not necessary, perhaps not even desirable if you may need to restore your
backup to a machine that has tar but does not read ext2. (E.g., Solaris.)

Henry House
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