Originally Posted by lordicon
for everything in fdisk that i attempt to do i'm asked for a partition number 1-4 i am not quite sure how to find which partition number i am supposed to use
Command (m for help): t ext3
Partition number (1-4):
i am aware of the fact that i am not typing things in right at all times... i am afraid though of messing something up
Yes I forgot that when you start fdisk the first thing that you have to do is select a disk, then select a partition. Use partition number one. You do not have to delete the existing partition. You can just change the type to 83, then write the partition table to the disk. Then use mkfs.
Don't worry about messing up. As long as you have selected the correct disk you are ok. You could start fdisk as follows to be sure that you have the right disk. Then you just select partition one, change the type to 83, and write the partition table to disk, then quit fdisk.