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Is there a way to format my hard drives from Suse 7.0. I am trying to install Mandrake 9.2. I know that Mandrake has a utility for that but it does NOT work. All the installs freeze before getting there... My technician is convinced that I loaded Distro's to many time on my hard drive and thats why its not letting me install. I WANT TO DO A LOW LEVEL FORMAT ON MY HARD DRIVES, i do not have internet access on suse 7.0 so i cannot download then directly... Anything I do will have to be burned on a CDRom from WIN XP and then booted up on my Suse 7.0 Machine. My hard drives are a quantum fireball CR 6.0GiG and a 3.4 WD Caviar. Please Help
type mount and it should print out a list like this:
/dev/hde3 on / type reiserfs (rw,noatime)
none on /proc type proc (rw)
none on /sys type sysfs (rw)
none on /dev type devfs (rw)
none on /dev/pts type devpts (rw)
/dev/hde1 on /boot type reiserfs (rw,noatime,notail)
/dev/hdh1 on /storage type reiserfs (rw,noatime)
none on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
none on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw)
Now you can see from this that on my machine
/dev/hde1 is /boot
/dev/hde3 is /
/dev/hdh1 is /storage
If you are wondering where /dev/hde2 went, it happens to be my swap partition.
Of course mount only shows you mounted partitions. Typing dmesg will show you a list of your disk and how many partitions are on it, but you have to wade through it to find the list, because it outputs all the kernel messages.
oh ok... well here is where i am ...
/dev/hdb3 on / type ext2 (rw)
proc on /proc type proc (rw)
/dev/hdb1 on /boot type ext2 (rw)
usbddevfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbdevfs (rw)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw)
bash-2.04# mkfs.<fs> /dev/hdb3
bash: fs: No such file or directory
bash-2.04# mkfs.<fs> /dev/hdb1
bash: fs: No such file or directory
bash: syntax error near unexpected token 'mkfs. </dev/hdb3'
i guess you cannot format your hard drive from linux... i suppose that makes sense... if you using it... but like in windows... you have dos to do that for you... is there any solution to my formatting problem... or any help with my command structure... or any ideas on how to help would be great....