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Old 11-02-2002, 09:56 PM   #1
IceGrill
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cfdisk - Fatal Error


i have two hard drives: a 30GB with 3 FAT32 partitions, and a small 2 or 4 GB harddrive that i tried to cram linux mandrake 8.2 onto.

now i want to format one of the other partitions to the linux native filesystem to give myself more space for mandrake, however, when i type

cfdisk /dev/hda3 (for 3rd partition on first ide drive)

i get:

FATAL ERROR: Cannot open disk drive

can anyone tell me what is wrong? actually, screw that, i just want to know how to make it work. :)

~Ice
 
Old 11-02-2002, 10:17 PM   #2
moses
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You are trying to access a partition table on a partition. That's not the
way these things work.

try:

cfdisk /dev/hda

Don't mess with the partitions themselves, work on the partition table
for the entire drive.
 
Old 11-02-2002, 10:26 PM   #3
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i tried that but got the same error -- ah, i just figured it out. you have to be root. well they could have told me that...
 
Old 11-03-2002, 03:10 AM   #4
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Yeah, anytime you want to do something that could potentially completely
destroy your computer, you need to be root. . . Don't be root unless you
need to do something dangerous.
 
  


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