Format a USB flash drive using gpart

Wojciech Puchar wojtek at
Sun Jul 8 12:16:36 UTC 2012

> Interestingly enough, I searched through the man pages and FreeBSD help
> but never came across anything that specifically addressed flash drive.

because there is no need to. For freebsd it is just a storage device.

for FreeBSD only i recommend using bsdlabel, not gpart, for multiOS using 

it is simpler and boot0cfg allows you to add boot selector, so you can 
make multisystem pendrive, just as my triple-boot 16GB pendrive holding 
FreeBSD/i386, FreeBSD/amd64, lots of packages, DOS with lots of tools and 
windoze installers.

> Perhaps, and I know that this will offend some purists, but a nice GUI

not about purism but (lack of) usability.

GUI interfaces never helps, only hides real things and prevent 
understanding anything. You maybe understand it, maybe not. Most people 
will not.

GUI interfaces are actual a PROBLEM with today software.

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