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Possibly format a troublesome USB drive via Terminal
Authored by: boredzo on Mar 08, '07 12:38:11PM

disk1 is the mount point for the disk to be formatted.

Incorrect. disk1 is the special device, not the mount point. The existence of a mount point would prove that the device is mounted, in which case it cannot be formatted (that would be Very Bad for anything that was using something on the mounted volume, so the OS won't allow it).

Mount points, in OS X, are usually in /Volumes, and are named after the volume. Special devices are in /dev and are named sequentially (disk1, disk2, disk3).

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