Format USB stick in FreeBSD

Polytropon freebsd at
Wed Aug 20 23:24:45 UTC 2008

Just an addition:

On Thu, 21 Aug 2008 02:05:31 +0300, Giorgos Keramidas <keramida at> wrote:
> I usually format my USB sticks by creating a single da0s1 slice and then
> one (or more) BSD labels in that slice, by typing the commands:
>         fdisk -BI /dev/da0
>         bsdlabel -w -B /dev/da0s1
>         newfs /dev/da0s1a

If you want to use the USB stick as a whole, you neccessarily
don't need to apply a disklabel to access /dev/da0s1a. You
can simply format the whole device and use /dev/da0 (which is
equivalent to the obsoleted form /dev/da0c, "the whole device").
So this is completely sufficient:

	# newfs /dev/da0

A bit more simple.

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