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Help with fat32 creating/booting/resizing

From: Michael Blandford
Subject: Help with fat32 creating/booting/resizing
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003 16:07:02 -0700
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Here is what I am trying to do:

Boot from a small linux image via pxe. Image is only around 6 megs. Image builds a 32meg ramdisk to work with for extra working space.

What I want to do is:

create a fat 32 filesystem on a disk. I would probably want this to be the whole disk.

make it bootable - ie equivalent of sys c: via parted or linux that would work for different disk types? ie hda, sda, etc.

extract a bunch of files onto the new partition.
I was hoping I could do something like:

wget http://server/filesystem.tar.gz | gunzip | parted --script <options> to lay it down on the disk.

The end goal is this disk must be bootable into the new fat32 partition.

I am assuming I need to add something to the boot block as well.

So far I have no luck making this work. If I create the filesystem with fdisk + mkdosfs -F32 then when I reboot it, a windows95 boot disk wont recognize the filesystem.

Any help or ideas on how to accomplish something like this would be greatly appreciated.


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