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Re: Warning about paritioning issues (was Re: Bug#28652: not a bug)

On Thu, 12 Nov 1998 16:15:00 +0100, Wichert Akkerman <wichert@cs.leidenuniv.nl> said:
> [1 <text/plain; us-ascii (7bit)>] Previously J.H.M. Dassen (Ray)
> wrote:
>> I surely hope that this will be mentioned in the installation
>> document soon.

It is now.  I wish there was a way to do this automatically, i.e.,
from cfdisk.  This will be in boot-floppies 4.1.8.

The snippet is below.

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

      <sect id="partitioning-for-dos">Partitioning for DOS
If you are partitioning for DOS drives, or changing the size of DOS
partitions, using Linux tools, many people experience problems working
with the resulting FAT partitions.  For instance, some have reported
slow performance, consistent problems with <prgn>scandisk</prgn>, or
other wierd errors in DOS or Windows.
Apparently, whenever you create or resize a partition for DOS use,
it's a good idea to fill the first few sectors with zeros.  Do this
prior to running DOS's <prgn>format</prgn> command, from Linux:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hdXX bs=512 count=4

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