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Old 03-20-2008, 01:12 AM   #1
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Puppy 3.01 and partitioning and formatting usb hard drive.

Having troubles formatting a 38GB hard drive in a usb case.

I have succeeded many times before doing this exact thing.

I attached the usb drive enclosure. Boot Puppy 3.01. Choose Pdisk partition manager and either cfdisk or fdisk to format 1 logical partition into 2 roughly equal logical partitions.

I don't receive any errors but when I reboot Pmount just lists the drive without partitions, or sometimes fails to list the drive at all.

When I run fdisk from console it lists all 3 partitions correctly:
/dev/sde1 ... 1 ... 4982... 40017883+... 5 ... extended
/dev/sde4 ... 1 ... 2500 ... 20081187 ... c ... w98 fat32 (lba)
/dev/sde5 ... 2501 ... 4982 ... 19936633+... c ... w98 fat32 (lba)

So what have I done wrong? Any pointers appreciated!
Old 03-20-2008, 06:02 PM   #2
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you have listed only 2 working partitions.

if you only want to split one....into 2 then you will have only 3 working partitions

why not make them all primary?

sde1 primary vfat
sde2 p ....vf
sd3 p.....linux (I assume)

2) naturally copy any needed data off b4 redesigning
Old 03-20-2008, 11:25 PM   #3
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Well, this hard drive sees a fair amount of partitioning, couple of times a year mostly it is just used for data recovery since I had it laying around and my last hard drive used for this purpose failed.

I just don't understand why it refused to let me mount the partitions! I ended up trying Gparted it listed both partitions as unformatted so I had GParted format them and it is working now. I have very rarely had any partitioning problems in linux so this took me by surprise.


I just reread your post. The reason I didn't make them primary is it seems unnecessary to me all I needed was 2 logical partitions so thats what I made them. Do you mean to suggest that there is a problem with this geometry? If so what is it? I am always willing to listen/learn.

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Old 03-20-2008, 11:54 PM   #4
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no primary is easier to troubleshoot.

if this is only a data storage...recovery and you do not need it to access windows....make the format if you forget to "safely remove" or umount you still have the data.

if you must assess ms...have only 2 primaries one vfat and one xfs

2) you lose data with each partition created so ideally have only one.


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