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mkfs: (MaKe File System) mkfs is used to build a Linux file system on a device, usually a hard disk partition. In actuality, mkfs is simply a front-end for the various file system builders (mkfs.fstype) available under Linux. (Quoted from man mkfs -- see man mkfs.)

IIRC, in comparing Dos/Windows to Linux:

In Windows, you partition a disk (with fdisk), then format it.

In Linux, you partition a disk, then make a filesystem on it, then format it.

< I need to confirm the above.> If it is correct, it looks like the extra step in Linux is to decide which type of filesystem you want (and create it), a choice that is not as wide under Windows (mainly just Fat or Fat32). (Of course, if you use something like Partition Commander, you have more choices, and the steps are blurred.)


  • RandyKramer - 15 Jan 2002
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