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Old 08-06-2003, 09:35 PM   #1
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i need help formatting a drive

Hey guys, i'm pretty new to linux (about 1 yr into using it off an on) and I can't find my partitions
or my other hard drive. I need to format the other drive and I'm not sure how even once i find
it. Can anyone help??

Old 08-06-2003, 09:54 PM   #2
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fdisk -l /dev/hdx
Will display partitions on a drive.
Check 'man fdisk'
Exact formatting command depends on the fileststem you wish to use.
For instance, for Reiser filesystem:
mkreiserfs /dev/hdxx
Check 'man mkreiserfs'
Help any?
Old 08-06-2003, 09:56 PM   #3
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You can find all the drives and partitions by the command under superuser mode:
fdisk -l

To format the partitions as ext3, type:
mke2fs -j /dev/hdxn
Where x=a for primary master, b for primary slave, c for secondary master, d for secondary slave.
Also n is the parition number starting from 1.
For example, mke2fs -j /dev/hdc1 formats the first partition in secondary master hard disk.
Be careful with this. It will erase all data!
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First go in the superuser mode. type the following on the shell prompt:-


then provide the superuser password.

You can then format the partitions by a general command.



mkfs -t ext2 /dev/hda3

mkfs can create file systems of various types like vfat,ext2,ext3 etc. see man mkfs for details.

Dear partner note that fdisk command is used to create partitions and after creating them you have to create filesystem(format it) for that you need mkfs.

Note that playing with partitions is dangerous.


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