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Old 10-04-2009, 08:21 AM   #1
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gparted wont create ext3

Hello. I got my first drive correctly up and running, but now I'm having problems with my second drive. Right now it's one big NTFS partition, and I want to format it so it has an NTFS and an ext3. It resizes the NTFS down correctly, the problem is creating a new partition. It successfully begins the operation, but then I get this:

This is the log file you've heard so much about:
GParted 0.4.3

Libparted 1.8.8
Create Primary Partition #1 (ext3, 92.22 GiB) on /dev/sdb  00:01:19    ( ERROR )
create empty partition  00:00:11    ( SUCCESS )
path: /dev/sdb2
start: 783361530
end: 976768064
size: 193406535 (92.22 GiB)
set partition type on /dev/sdb2  00:00:11    ( SUCCESS )
new partition type: ext3
create new ext3 file system  00:00:57    ( ERROR )
mkfs.ext3 -L "" /dev/sdb2
Filesystem label=
OS type: Linux
Block size=4096 (log=2)
Fragment size=4096 (log=2)
6045696 inodes, 24175816 blocks
1208790 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user
First data block=0
Maximum filesystem blocks=0
738 block groups
32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group
8192 inodes per group
Superblock backups stored on blocks:
32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208,
4096000, 7962624, 11239424, 20480000, 23887872

Writing inode tables: done
mke2fs 1.41.4 (27-Jan-2009)
ext2fs_mkdir: Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read while creating root dir


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Old 10-04-2009, 09:09 AM   #2
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Well for one the pic you provided does not say anything helpful.
Back up anything you have in the NT file system and start from scratch with fdisk. Those GUI partition managers are pretty but can be confusing with those pop-ups. I have tried many such apps and I always return to the command line, it's the only way I can get it done.
I think what might have happened in your case is gparted did not split the drive properly because of NTFS. If you insist on using gparted then cp all your stuff off the NT file system partition then delete all partitions and go from there.
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A bit drastic.
Whilst in general I don't favour the GUIs, gparted is pretty good. As you can see, it merely invokes other tools under the covers. I'd be inclined to check that the partition sizes are correct (from a terminal session), and run the mkfs from there. If you still get the problem start checking connectors, cables that sort of thing.


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