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Format a drive in OSX with a FAT16 partition type PDF
Monday, 22 April 2013
If we want to format an USB stick for example in MSDOS FAT16 partition type from OSX terminal, first we will find out our drive name which will be formatted:

  diskutil list

/dev/disk1
   #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER
   0:     FDisk_partition_scheme                        *1.0 GB     disk1
   1:                    FreeBSD                         306.0 MB   disk1s1
   2:                    FreeBSD                         306.0 MB   disk1s2
   3:                    FreeBSD                         1.5 MB     disk1s3

To format our /dev/disk1 using fat16 we will run:

  diskutil partitionDisk /dev/disk1 1 MBRFormat "MS-DOS FAT16" "UNTITL" 1000M


 
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