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Old 02-23-2011, 04:53 AM   #1
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Fdisk v/s parted

Just started understanding linux filesystem and partition utilities.

I was going though some video tutorials by CBT nuggets and the author was cursing fdisk as fuzzy tool and recommending to use parted instead.

In our job environment i have seen almost every one using fdisk utility for partitioning and other filesystem related tasks.

I would be glad if some one put light on this.
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I think it is up to personal preferences. You can use fdisk, cfdisk, sfdisk and parted. The only advantage of parted is, AFAIK, that it can move and resize partitions, but for "normal tasks" the others are also fine.
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From fdisk manual page:
fdisk doesn’t understand GUID Partition Table (GPT) and it is not designed for large partitions. In particular case use more advanced GNU parted(8).
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:24 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by goossen View Post
From fdisk manual page:
How big?
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Originally Posted by pinga123 View Post
How big?
you can't use fdisk for drives greater than 2TB size. you need to use parted utility for that.


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