Q. How do I format USB pen in Linux?
A. You can use standard mke2fs command to format usb pen in Linux. mke2fs is used to create an ext2/ext3 filesystem (usually in a disk partition or other USB devices). device is the special file corresponding to the device (e.g /dev/hdXX). blocks-count is the number of blocks on the device. If omitted, mke2fs automagically figures the file system size. If called as mkfs.ext3 a journal is created as if the Ã¢â‚¬â€œj option was specified.
Step # 1: Verify or find out your usb partition name
Type the following command to find out USB pen partition name:
# fdisk -l
Step # 2: Format parition
Once identified the partition name type the following command to format the usb pen in Linux (caution you must select correct usb partition name, otherwise you will loss all the data on hard disk):
# mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda1
To format as VFAT/FAT32 file system type the command:
# mkfs.vfat /dev/sda1