Format a USB flash drive using gpart

Warren Block wblock at
Mon Jul 9 14:21:17 UTC 2012

On Mon, 9 Jul 2012, Bruce Cran wrote:

> On 09/07/2012 11:16, Polytropon wrote:
>> If you're talking about an MS-DOS disk, then yes, it contains
>> a DOS partition which is formatted. In FreeBSD, we would call
>> it a slice (slice == "DOS primary partition"). In this case,
>> there is no (sub)partitioning, the _slice_ carries the MS-DOS
>> file system here. You know that MS-DOS does not have support
>> for partitioning.
> Floppy disks aren't partitioned/sliced - they use 'dangerously dedicated' 
> mode, containing nothing except the filesystem.

"Dangerously dedicated" refers to a disk with a bsdlabel partition table 
and boot block.  Floppies don't have even that, it's just a raw 

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