Linux - The fdisk command
The Linux fdisk utility allows you to create partitions on your hard drive in the same way as its MS-DOS counterpart. It should be noted that the Linux version of fdisk
is more complicated to use than MS-DOS version, so it is advisable to create partitions from MS-DOS (create a system disk in order to format the DOS partition and install DOS kernel after installing Linux)
- Partitioning with fdisk will lead to the lost of all data on the concerned disk.
- To invoke the utility use the fdisk command. When no argument is added, fdisk will select the first drive it finds.
- Pass the device name as an argument to select the drive/partition of your choice (e.g the second hard drive will be selected):
The naming conventtion for hard disks
Under Linux, the name of the storage devices varies depending on whether they are SCSI or IDE drives.
- For IDE drives, the first is named hda, the second one is named hdb .
- For SCSI disks, the first will be called sda, the second one is named sdb .
|l||list the partition types|
|m||Print current menu|
|n||creating a new partition|
|q||exit fdisk without saving settings|
|t||change the partition type|
|v||Check the partition table|
|w||Save changes and exit fdisk|
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