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Old 08-01-2011, 02:38 AM   #1
johnnybo
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SD Card Partition and Formatting using Debian


Hi all,

I am new to linux ...and got stuck in the first stage of development.

I am trying to format and partition an SD card.
This are the steps I am using:

1. df
2. su
3. fdisk /dev/sdb1
4. after using "n" "p" size of the partition etc when i use the "w" command i get the following error -
"Re-reading the partition table failed with the error 22"

5. But when i use fdisk -l /dev/sdb1
I am able to see my partition.

6. When i try to format using the mkfs.ext2 /dev/sdb1p1 - i am getting this error - Could not stat /dev/sdb1p1 - No such file or directory ..

Any help would be appreciate.

Thanks in advance





As per the tutorial, I am using "fdisk /dev/sdb1" for disk partition, when i use the "w" i am getting the error - "partition table failed with error - 22" , but when i use the command "fdisk -l /dev/sdb1" i could see the partition table.

So i proceed to the next step of using the "mkfs.ext2 /dev/sdb1p3" command to format the ext2 file type. But I am getting this error"Could not stat /dev/sdb1p3 -- No such file or directory" ....

Any help or suggestion would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance ...
 
Old 08-01-2011, 03:58 AM   #2
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I would use this to know where you are at:
Code:
fdisk -l
and then probably, you want to work on /dev/sdb, not /dev/sdb1.
/dev/sdb is the whole disk, while /dev/sdb1 is just one partition.
creating a partition table and a partition inside /dev/sdb1 would make too many levels.
creating a partition inside /dev/sdb will create /dev/sdb1

then when you exit, check it worked with
Code:
fdisk -l
then you can use mkfx.xxxxx /dev/sdb1
and lastly, you can mount it
 
Old 08-01-2011, 10:41 PM   #3
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Thank you for your reply...It is /dev/sdb1 which was the problem ....once I changed it to dev/sdb ...things started working ....Thanks ...
 
  


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