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I'm making a script and I want to take an existing partition and clear it quickly. Rather than using rm I thought there might be a command-line way of formatting or initializing a partition, but I couldn't find it.

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mkfs -t bfs /dev/disk/ata/0/master/raw
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I don't want to trash my whole disk...will this also work on /dev/disk/ata/0/master/3 even though it doesn't seem to have a raw subdir if I try autocomplete in a Terminal? – Kev Apr 7 '13 at 21:36
Turns out it will. Thanks! – Kev Apr 14 '13 at 13:44

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