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Old 01-05-2005, 04:09 PM   #1
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creating partition


Well .. I had a NTFS partition on my hdc1, and i wanted to format it to ext3 ...

But now it says:


[root@prima anden]# /sbin/mkfs.ext3 /dev/hdc1
mke2fs 1.35 (28-Feb-2004)
/dev/hdc1 is not a block special device.
Proceed anyway? (y,n) y
mkfs.ext3: Device size reported to be zero. Invalid partition specified, or
partition table wasn't reread after running fdisk, due to
a modified partition being busy and in use. You may need to reboot
to re-read your partition table.



I have no idea, what to to .. fdisk wont read it either :s
 
Old 01-05-2005, 04:30 PM   #2
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Did you delete the NTFS partition and re-create it as type 83 ? After you do that it should format ok with the command: mkfs.ext3 /dev/hdc1
 
Old 01-06-2005, 05:30 AM   #3
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Yes it should .. But it doesn't ..

What exactly do you mean, when you say re-create ?
 
Old 01-06-2005, 06:05 AM   #4
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Try umounting (umount /dev/hdc1) before formating.

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Old 01-06-2005, 06:18 AM   #5
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"Recreate" as in run 'cfdisk /dev/hdc' (for example, feel free to use your favourite partitioning tool) and delete the partition then add a new partition and set it to type 83 (as homey said) using the 'Type' option.
This is needed as the partition needs to be a 'Linux' partition (code 83) to format it to ext3.
If you were wanting to create a swap partition you would set the partition to type 82. This applies to creating a windows partition too simply by setting it's Type to another code.
 
Old 01-07-2005, 05:50 AM   #6
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uhm cfdisk kinda failed ... Tried installing but failed dependicies, which i already had installed ... Hmm :\

Well anyway, i inserted a boot-disk and created a fat32 partition, with some data on it.
But it still won't recognize it :\
I looked in the /dev/ dir .. There's nothing
Of course there's a lot .. but hdc1 is not present ....
 
Old 01-07-2005, 05:53 AM   #7
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This sounds like a problem with the device-special file, rather than the device (partition) itself.

Try recreating the /dev/hdc file using the MAKEDEV script in the /dev/ directory. I think that's:
Code:
cd /dev; ./MAKEDEV hdc
 
Old 01-08-2005, 04:02 PM   #8
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rjlee; ahhhh that's all I needed ...
Thx guys, you've saved me :>
 
  


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