Guitar42697
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Hard drive format?

Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:45 pm

I'm running the latest version of Raspbian Wheezy, and I need to format my hard drive to ext4 in order to use it as the storage space for torrents. (i would like to turn my pi into a bit torrent server) My other two computers are running lucid puppy (this computer barely works and so far i've only been able to use puppy linux on it) and windows 7 on the other. I would prefer to format the hard drive directly through rasbian. thanks in advance.

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Re: Hard drive format?

Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:50 pm

Command Line Parted and GParted (parted with a GUI) are both in the RASPBIAN repositories. http://gparted.sourceforge.net
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Guitar42697
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Re: Hard drive format?

Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:15 am

Spid wrote:Command Line Parted and GParted (parted with a GUI) are both in the RASPBIAN repositories. http://gparted.sourceforge.net
I have 4 partitions on that hard drive. Unfortunately formated the two fat32 partitions first, leaving me with two ntfs partitions which I decided to also format to ext4. I want to format one of them back to fat32 so I can transfer the data from one partition to the other so the data can be viewed on my ps3. In GParted, I only have the option for ext 2, 3 and 4, and a "linux-swap" format. Is it possible to format it to fat32 directly on the pi?

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Re: Hard drive format?

Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:14 am

Guitar42697 wrote:.. In GParted, I only have the option for ext 2, 3 and 4, and a "linux-swap" format. Is it possible to format it to fat32 directly on the pi?
usually this can be fixed by installing "dosfstools"
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Re: Hard drive format?

Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:25 pm

You should be able to use mkfs.vfat:

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mkfs.vfat -F 32 /dev/sda1
or whatever the partition is you wish to format.

http://linux.about.com/od/embedded/l/bl ... kfsvfa.htm

This still may require the dosfstools to be installed.

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