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Old 03-28-2011, 07:05 AM   #1
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Smile Format a Buffalo drive to EXT3 to work with Humax PVR


Help can anyone give me a line by line description of how to reformat my Bufalo USB drive to EXT3 format so that I can use it as a secondary drive for my Humax PVR. I am a new user to both Linux Ubunto and Gparted I have downloaded Gparted and connected the external drive to my laptop which is running Ubunto and can see the external drive I have never partitioned or formatted a drive before.

Thanking you in anticipation

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Old 03-29-2011, 07:15 AM   #2
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can anyone give me a line by line description of how to reformat my Bufalo USB drive to EXT3 format
Plug in the USB.

Then execute fdisk -l. This will require the root password.
Code:
linux-uitj:/home/anisha # fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x12bb12ba

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1        3917    31463271   83  Linux
/dev/sda2            3918        4439     4192965   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3            4440        8355    31455270   83  Linux
/dev/sda4   *        8356       30401   177084495    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5            8356       10966    20972826   83  Linux
/dev/sda6           10967       30401   156111606   83  Linux

Disk /dev/sdb: 2051 MB, 2051013632 bytes
33 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1926 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2079 * 512 = 1064448 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x26772ef8

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1               1        1927     2002927    b  W95 FAT32
There your USB would be most probably listed as sdb. Look at the bottom of the output.

If the USB gets mounted automatically, the you have to unmount it first:
Code:
linux-uitj:/home/anisha # umount /dev/sdb1
Then to format, the command is mkfs
Code:
linux-uitj:/home/anisha # mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1
If you specify a wrong partition number, your harddisk will be formatted, to avoid all risks, backup your data, before executing the mkfs command.

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Old 04-14-2011, 05:27 AM   #3
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Hi Anisha thank you very much Stan G
 
Old 04-14-2011, 05:30 AM   #4
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You're welcome, mark the thread solved please.
 
Old 04-14-2011, 06:10 PM   #5
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How do I mark the thread solved sorry I am new to this Stan G
 
Old 04-14-2011, 06:26 PM   #6
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above your first post #1 of this thread you'll find the "Thread Tools". There you can mark it as SOLVED.

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