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Old 10-01-2003, 09:48 AM   #1
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format a hard drive (/dev/hda1) in Reiser fs format

What is the Linux command to format a hard drive (/dev/hda1) in Reiser fs format
Old 10-01-2003, 09:58 AM   #2
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use cfdisk to partition it and then have a look at man mkreiserfs
Old 10-01-2003, 10:39 AM   #3
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Hi m0rl0ck. Thank you for your help.

I use fdisk. Is cfdisk better than fdisk ?
Old 10-01-2003, 10:56 AM   #4
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I like cfdisk better, fdisk is ok but not enough visual feedback for me especially when doing something as potentially disastrous as partioning a drive.
cfdisk has a gui of sorts that runs in console mode, ncurses I guess.
Old 10-01-2003, 01:32 PM   #5
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yeah, apparently you can do more with fdisk, but cfdisk is more like the dos fdisk command. you have a lot more options than evil microsoft though.
Old 10-01-2003, 09:17 PM   #6
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my apologies if the next questions are out of place, but i need some info about how to use an old hard drive that i was using for Win2K in a redhat box with double booting, i decided i would like to see that hd being part of my /home and get rid of Win.
There are several issues: i'm a newbie, but seriously, very very newbie, so i don't even know how to tell if that hd is mounted or not. i'm running ximian and i cannot find a nice graphic app where to do this stuff...
i think, that the kernel startup logo helped knowing that from the following lines:

hda: WDC AC420400D, ATA DISK drive
hdb: Hewlett-Packard CD-Writer Plus 9500, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
blk: queue c03cdfe0, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
hdc: Maxtor 5T060H6, ATA DISK drive
hdd: Maxtor 5T060H6, ATA DISK drive
blk: queue c03ce444, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
blk: queue c03ce588, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hda: attached ide-disk driver.
hda: host protected area => 1
hda: 39876480 sectors (20417 MB) w/1966KiB Cache, CHS=2482/255/63, UDMA(33)
hdc: attached ide-disk driver.
hdc: host protected area => 1
hdc: 120103200 sectors (61493 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=119150/16/63, UDMA(100)
hdd: attached ide-disk driver.
hdd: host protected area => 1
hdd: 120103200 sectors (61493 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=119150/16/63, UDMA(100)
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
Partition check:
hda: hda1
hdc: [PTBL] [7476/255/63] hdc1 hdc2 hdc3
hdd: [PTBL] [7476/255/63] hdd1

and, well, i assume hda is what i want to include in my linux box?
if so, i guess i should follow the same steps that it has been posted here?

why it says 'host protected'?

and finally, since hda is not UDMA 100, would that fall into troubles since i'd be using hard drives with different UDMA for /home?

thanx for your time
Old 06-12-2007, 11:11 PM   #7
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Hi this is my first time using this site. I need to find out if my harddrive is hda1 or something else. How can I find this information out?
Old 06-17-2009, 06:30 AM   #8
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is there a list somewhere that has what the command is to format to say like xfs, or ext3, or hfs, and ntfs? i know ext3 is mkfs.ext3.


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