Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: how to format a cd-rw as fat32

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Beans
    74

    how to format a cd-rw as fat32

    How do you format a rw-cd as fat32?
    I don't see any application that will do it.
    I need this to move files back and forth to an old Windows 98 box that
    will not let the USB card work.
    I am using xubuntu 12.04 LTS

    Thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    /dev/root
    Beans
    6,055

    Re: how to format a cd-rw as fat32

    If nothing else works, you can take out the internal drive from the old Windows 98 box, and connect it to another computer (internally or with a USB to IDE & SATA adapter). Or floppy, if you have a second floppy drive (and the files are small enough).

    Edit: Sorry, the obvious solution might the wired network! I guess the old computer has an ethernet connection.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Beans
    74

    Re: how to format a cd-rw as fat32

    I have thought about taking the HD out of the Win98 box and doing that ( I have a couple of external IDE/SATA enclosures ) but I did not
    want to go to the trouble of taking the HD out. ( Only have a couple of files every now and then to move, I don't have a floppy on xubuntu box )

    I think the Win98 box ( cica 2005 ) has an ethernet connector and I do have a 15 foot ethernet cable that is on the xubuntu box, that might work,
    but I did not want to go to the trouble of pulling the ethernet cable off and on for just 1-2 files.

    I think cd's are going the way of the dodo bird anyway.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    /home/Chicago
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: how to format a cd-rw as fat32

    Hold the phone! You can't format a CD as FAT or FAT32. CDs use a special file system that *nix calls CDFS. The TOSR (Toy Operating System from Redmond) implements a version of that FS with a device driver called mscdex. You'll need to get that kluge in your config.sys before a TOSR PC can read/write a CD. Don't forget to reboot after installing. You should read the Wikipedia article "ISO 9660."
    Last edited by whitesmith; September 8th, 2013 at 09:44 PM. Reason: Reference to ISO 9660
    In working with *nix...There be dragons. Newcomers: I recommend reading Linux is Not Windows (http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm) and The Linux Command Line (http://www.linuxcommand.org/tlcl.php) before beginning your quest for a better OS.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    /dev/root
    Beans
    6,055

    Re: how to format a cd-rw as fat32

    The easiest solution might be a dedicated ethernet cable, otherwise I suggest 'pulling the ethernet cable off and on'.

    Is the computer really from circa 2005? Win98 is from 1998. I guess you want that system, because you have some software, that needs Win98 (like my son who has some old children's CDs).

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Beans
    35

    Re: how to format a cd-rw as fat32

    Unless you are using legacy hardware, you are better off running Win98/Win98SE from a virtual machine to run legacy software, then disable the network interface in the virtual machine to keep it from ever connecting to the Internet.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Beans
    74

    Re: how to format a cd-rw as fat32

    I was able to finally get the CD-RW formated using my laptop with Win7 on it. Xubuntu can read/write to this cd,
    and the Win98 box can read/write it.

    I noticed that on the desktop of Xubuntu, the CD is noted as "UDF Volume", don't know what that means.

    "Is the computer really from circa 2005? Win98 is from 1998"
    The box was bought in 2005, I installed Win98 on it.
    I have 4 file storage boxes for 3-1/2" floppys that are full of old files, utilities, programs I wrote, etc. that I use.
    I have dosbox on Xubutu that runs alot of them, just need a way of getting them over to Xubuntu.
    The Win98 box has a 3-1/2" floppy and a CD RW player, the Xubuntu box only has a CD RW player.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    /dev/root
    Beans
    6,055

    Re: how to format a cd-rw as fat32

    Congratulations

    I'm reading and learning

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Unknown
    Beans
    16,641
    Distro
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: how to format a cd-rw as fat32

    Quote Originally Posted by sam_baker2 View Post
    I was able to finally get the CD-RW formated using my laptop with Win7 on it. Xubuntu can read/write to this cd,
    and the Win98 box can read/write it.

    I noticed that on the desktop of Xubuntu, the CD is noted as "UDF Volume", don't know what that means.
    Yes packet writing i've used in the past. The cd rw is basically seen like a usb stick with UDF formatting.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Disk_Format

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    /dev/root
    Beans
    6,055

    Re: how to format a cd-rw as fat32

    Quote Originally Posted by philinux View Post
    Yes packet writing i've used in the past. The cd rw is basically seen like a usb stick with UDF formatting.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Disk_Format
    Do you think it would be possible to make a persistent live CD or DVD this way? I ask if possible, not efficient or long-life

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •