Format RDX Cartridges for Linux

To format an RDX (e.g. Dell RD1000) drive cartridge for Linux for use with Eclipse backups:

Identify the drive’s device name (e.g. /dev/sdc) using the following command:


After you’ve identified the proper device, format the partition (e.g. /dev/sdc1):

CAUTION: This will destroy all data on the specified partition, so make sure you’ve identified the correct partition before¬†proceeding.

mkfs -t ext3 -v -L RD1000 /dev/sdX1

Mount the drive:

mount /mnt/rd1000

Create the rsync directory:

mkdir -p /mnt/rd1000/rsync

The drive cartridge is now ready for use.