Unfortunately, that was a system I wanted to use the REV on.
I ran into a stone wall. Interestingly, "fdisk" will create a partition, but you can't then make any file system on it. Cdrecord didn't work either, even though I could find references that seemed to imply that it would. So that was it: I could find web pages that SAID it would work, but it didn't. I made a newsgroup post, and got no useful replies.
Finally, I stumbled across https://sourceforge.net/docman/display_doc.php?docid=22590&group_id=101444 which in turn pointed me toward https://sourceforge.net/projects/linux-udf/. Downloading the udftools package (you don't need the "udf" patches) gave me "mkudffs", and a simple
gave me a mountable filesystem on the REV. Fedora Core 2 already knew how to mount a udf filesystem (though it can't mkfs one):
[root@pc-00152 root]# mount /dev/hdc2 on / type ext3 (rw) none on /proc type proc (rw) none on /sys type sysfs (rw) none on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620) usbdevfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbdevfs (rw) /dev/hdc1 on /boot type ext3 (rw) none on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw) sunrpc on /var/lib/nfs/rpc_pipefs type rpc_pipefs (rw) /dev/hdb on /mnt type udf (rw)
The Iomega REV drive isn't particularly fast: about 3GB per hour in my tests. That's because this is more like a CD-RW or DVD-RAM than a hard drive - udf is a packet-writing format.
Normally, you'd use cdrecord for such a device, but try as I might, I couldn't get that to work. It saw the Iomega REV drive as an emulated scsi device:
[root@pc-00152 art]# cdrecord -scanbus Cdrecord-Clone 2.01a27-dvd (i686-pc-linux-gnu) Copyright (C) 1995-2004 Jörg Schilling Note: This version is an unofficial (modified) version with DVD support Note: and therefore may have bugs that are not present in the original. Note: Please send bug reports or support requests to <email@example.com>. Note: The author of cdrecord should not be bothered with problems in this version. scsidev: 'ATA' devname: 'ATA' scsibus: -2 target: -2 lun: -2 Warning: Using badly designed ATAPI via /dev/hd* interface. Linux sg driver version: 3.5.27 Using libscg version 'schily-0.8'. cdrecord: Warning: using inofficial libscg transport code version (schily - Red Hat-scsi-linux-sg.c-1.80-RH '@(#)scsi-linux-sg.c 1.80 04/03/08 Copyright 1997 J. Schilling'). scsibus0: 0,0,0 0) 'ASUS ' 'CRW-4832AS ' '0.67' Removable CD-ROM 0,1,0 1) 'Iomega ' 'RRD ' '74.B' Removable CD-ROM 0,2,0 2) * 0,3,0 3) * 0,4,0 4) * 0,5,0 5) * 0,6,0 6) * 0,7,0 7) *
but didn't know how to write to it:
cdrecord -v speed=6 dev=ATAPI:0,1,0 -data /tmp/cdimagecdrecord: No write mode specified.
I admit to not searching very hard to try to find out what might work because having a mountable file system was good enough for my needs here.
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