No DOS or FAT format in 10.2.8 Disk Utility?

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Tim Murray, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. Tim Murray

    Tim Murray Guest

    Today I bought a USB ... uh, "disk"? One of those little 256MB memory cards
    about the size of a small pack of gum that appear to the OS as a hard disk.
    Anyway, since I'm going to be sharing it with Windows users, I figured I'd go
    ahead and format it for FAT32 and just leave it like that.

    But I see that Disk Utility offers only Mac OS and Unix format -- no DOS,
    FAT, etc.

    I accomplished it simply by formatting in VirtualPC. But I was wondering if
    there is a way, in Mac OS, to format a disk for FAT and so on. Maybe through
    a Terminal command line?
    Tim Murray, Nov 17, 2003
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  2. newfs_msdos

    Frederick Cheung, Nov 17, 2003
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  3. The option is there in Disk Utility. In the selection pane on the left
    side of the window under each drive is a list of volumes, or partitions.
    Since Disk Utility doesn't support MS-DOS partitions it needs to erase
    and format the entire disk as MS-DOS, so select the *drive* icon, not
    the volume icon under it. You should then get an extra formatting option
    called MS-DOS File System.
    Roger Johnstone, Nov 18, 2003
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