>I am trying to make a partition on iomega jaz disk with 'fdisk'.
>It displays only one partition /dev/sdb4. 'fdisk' works fine until
>I try to write the partition table. It fails in writing the partition
It seems that Iomega in thier "infinite wisdom" decided to create partitions
from the end of the table back, rather than from the begining of the table
forward like everyone else does.
On my Jaz I did a "d" to delete each of the partitons (4 through 1, just to be
redundant). Then I created a partition 1. Did a mkfs and everything was fine.
It may be (and I haven't seen the definitive word on this yet) that if the
cartridge was write protected via DOS/Win/NT software the drive itself then
honors that write protect under Linux. You might have to "unprotect" the
cartridge with DOS/Win/NT software before using it under Linux. The other
technique would be to use your SCSI controler's "low-level" format utility (if
You should NEVER "bulk erase" a Jaz or Zip catridge, there is special
format/alignment information that is only creatable by the factory format.
Best of luck!
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