mkfs.fat  [-a]  [-A]  [-b sector-of-backup] [-c] [-l filename] [-C] [-f
       number-of-FATs] [-F FAT-size] [-h number-of-hidden-sectors] [-i volume-
       id]  [-I]  [-m message-file] [-n volume-name] [-r root-dir-entries] [-R
       number-of-reserved-sectors] [-s sectors-per-cluster]  [-S  logical-sec-
       tor-size]  [-D  drive-number]  [-M  FAT-media-type] [-v] device [block-

       mkfs.fat is used to create an MS-DOS filesystem under Linux on a device
       (usually a disk partition). device is the special file corresponding to
       the device (e.g /dev/sdXX). block-count is the number of blocks on  the
       device.  If  omitted,  mkfs.fat automatically determines the filesystem

       -a  Normally, for any filesystem except very small ones, mkfs.fat  will
           align all the data structures to cluster size, to make sure that as
           long as the partition is properly aligned, so  will  all  the  data
           structures  in the filesystem. This option disables alignment; this
           may provide a handful of additional  clusters  of  storage  at  the
           expense  of  a  significant performance degradation on RAIDs, flash
           media or large-sector hard disks.

        -A Use Atari variation of the MS-DOS filesystem. This  is  default  if
           mkfs.fat  is run on an Atari, then this option turns off Atari for-
           mat. There are some differences when using  Atari  format:  If  not
           directed  otherwise by the user, mkfs.fat will always use 2 sectors
           per cluster, since GEMDOS doesn't like other values very  much.  It
           will  also  obey  the  maximum number of sectors GEMDOS can handle.
           Larger filesystems are managed by raising the logical sector  size.
           Under  Atari  format,  an  Atari-compatible  serial  number for the
           filesystem is generated, and a 12 bit FAT is used only for filesys-
           tems  that  have  one of the usual floppy sizes (720k, 1.2M, 1.44M,
           2.88M), a 16 bit FAT otherwise. This can be overridden with the  -F
           option.  Some  PC-specific boot sector fields aren't written, and a
           boot message (option -m) is ignored.

       -b sector-of-backup
           Selects the location of the backup boot sector for  FAT32.  Default
           depends on number of reserved sectors, but usually is sector 6. The
           backup must be within the range of reserved sectors.

       -c  Check the device for bad blocks before creating the filesystem.

       -C  Create the file given as device on the command line, and write  the
           to-be-created  filesystem to it. This can be used to create the new
           filesystem in a file instead of on a  real  device,  and  to  avoid
           using dd in advance to create a file of appropriate size. With this
           option, the  block-count  must  be  given,  because  otherwise  the

       -f number-of-FATs
           Specify the number of file allocation tables in the filesystem. The
           default  is  2. Currently the Linux MS-DOS filesystem does not sup-
           port more than 2 FATs.

       -F FAT-size
           Specifies the type of file allocation tables used  (12,  16  or  32
           bit).  If  nothing is specified, mkfs.fat will automatically select
           between 12, 16 and 32 bit, whatever fits better for the  filesystem

       -h number-of-hidden-sectors
           Select  the number of hidden sectors in the volume. Apparently some
           digital cameras get indigestion if you feed them a CF card  without
           such hidden sectors, this option allows you to satisfy them.

       -i volume-id
           Sets  the volume ID of the newly created filesystem; volume-id is a
           32-bit hexadecimal number (for example, 2e24ec82). The default is a
           number which depends on the filesystem creation time.

       -I  It  is  typical  for  fixed  disk  devices to be partitioned so, by
           default, you are not permitted to create a  filesystem  across  the
           entire  device. mkfs.fat will complain and tell you that it refuses
           to work. This is different when using MO disks. One doesn't  always
           need  partitions on MO disks. The filesystem can go directly to the
           whole disk. Under other OSes this is  known  as  the  'superfloppy'
           format. This switch will force mkfs.fat to work properly.

       -l filename
           Read the bad blocks list from filename.

       -m message-file
           Sets  the  message  the  user  receives  on  attempts  to boot this
           filesystem without having properly installed an  operating  system.
           The  message  file  must  not exceed 418 bytes once line feeds have
           been converted to carriage return-line feed combinations, and  tabs
           have  been  expanded.  If the filename is a hyphen (-), the text is
           taken from standard input.

       -M FAT-media-type
           Specify the media type to be stored in the FAT  boot  sector.  This
           value  is  usually 0xF8 for hard disks and has a value from 0xF9 to
           0xFF for floppies or partitions to be used for floppy emulation.

       -n volume-name
           Sets the volume name (label) of the filesystem. The volume name can
           be up to 11 characters long. The default is no label.

       -r root-dir-entries
           Select  the  number of entries available in the root directory. The
           default is 112 or 224 for floppies and 512 for hard disks.

       -R number-of-reserved-sectors

       -v  Verbose execution.

       mkfs.fat  can  not  create boot-able filesystems. This isn't as easy as
       you might think at first glance for various reasons and has  been  dis-
       cussed a lot already. mkfs.fat simply will not support it ;)


       More  information  about  fsck.fat  and  dosfstools  can  be  found  at

       dosfstools  were   written   by   Werner   Almesberger   <werner.almes->,  Roman Hodek <Roman.Hodek@informatik.uni-erlan->,  and  others.  The  current  maintainer  is   Daniel   Baumann

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