Re: Formatting a partition for Windows XP
Tom Kuiper wrote:
What commands would the batch file contain?
Is the a DOS/Windows version of rsync? Or would I use rsync on the Linux box
to pull the files?
Yes you would need to install cygwin (www.cygwin.com)...they have an
Assuming you've got samba set up with a share that your daughter's
computer has mapped to, then writing a script file to use rsync to copy
new & updated files over to the backup partition should be a piece of
cake. The rsync man page (http://samba.org/ftp/rsync/rsync.html) gives
several good examples. In your case, you'll definitely want to do a
'push' from your daughter's machine to the linux box.
I'm familiar with fdisk and used that on a previous attempt. (I'm doing it
again because the disk failed and hope to get the Windows partition right
Tye 'cfdisk' instead of 'fdisk', it'll make your life easier.
Disk /dev/hdb: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 9964 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdb1 1 4587 36845046 83 Linux
/dev/hdb2 4588 8338 30129907+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hdb3 8339 9964 13060845 83 Linux
nutmeg:~# mkfs -V -t vfat /dev/hdb2
mkfs version 2.11n (Jan 27 2002)
mkfs.vfat 2.8 (28 Feb 2001)
mkfs.vfat: Attempting to create a too large file sile system.
I realize now that I was shooting in the dark. Here are some plausible
b Win95 FAT32
c Win95 FAT32 (LB
e Win95 FAT16 (LB
f Win95 Ext'd (LB
I don't know how c, e, and f differ.
If you've really only got the three partitions, then use cfdisk to
change the partition type of /dev/hdb2 (I assume that's your target
partition for backup) to type 'c' -- FAT32 (LBA). The (LBA) identifies
this as a FAT32 partition reaching beyond the old 8gb bios boundary).
Maybe if I pick the right partition type, I won't have the "too large"
I'm not sure of mkfs.vfat imposes a limit on the size of FAT32
partition. There's nothing inherent in the FAT32 spec that prevents a
larger (>30gb) parition, but maybe the linux implementation imposes some
limit for some reason. Try ext2 instead of FAT32--in your situation,
there's no reason that ext2 won't server you well for a backup partition.
Thanks for your help so far. I may be getting somewhere now.