Re: Formatting a partition for Windows XP
> From email@example.com Wed May 5 21:23:41 PDT 2004
> Tom Kuiper wrote:
> > Greetings everyone.
> > I would like to be able to back up my daughter's Window XP PE laptop to
> > a secondary drive on my Linux (only) system.
> > Question 1: Should I make an NTFS partition or something else?
> > Question 2: How can I format a filesystem that is 30 GB in size?
> > Thanking you in advance
> > Tom
> If you're not interested in preserving file permissions on your
> daughter's WinXP machine (for most people it's needless, I would say--I
> certainly don't worry about it for my XP system) then I'd recommend
> setting up a fat32 partition on your linux machine to backup to. Setup
> a simple batch file on your daughter's machine to copy over the critical
What commands would the batch file contain?
> files for backup. I assume you're copying via a samba server running on
> your linux box...just use rsync to do the job.
Is the a DOS/Windows version of rsync? Or would I use rsync on the Linux box
to pull the files?
> Use cfdisk to create the partition, and mkfs.vfat to format it (make
> sure you RTFM, these are dangerous commands).
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
Here's what I had then:
ommand (m for help): p
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.
Maybe if I pick the right partition type, I won't have the "too large"
Thanks for your help so far. I may be getting somewhere now.
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