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format hdd for linux backup hdd

Discussion in 'Linux - General discussion' started by mjfouline, May 22, 2007.

  1. mjfouline

    mjfouline Guest

    when i try to format my backup hdd adn when i typ in the terminal

    fdisk /dev/hdb it says unable to open /dev/hdb

    how would i fix this
     
  2. krj15489

    krj15489 Regular member

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    it would be easier to use a program like gparted because it has a gui. it is alot easier to use. i tried to use fdisk last night and had trouble with it. so just download gparted then try to format
     
  3. mjfouline

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    i cant run programs or do anything.

    whenever i setup a launcher it says child process ned permission and stops
     
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    ok, try cfdisk. it has a basic gui and is simple to use. just type that into the terminal
     
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    ight already dont like linux nothing works but thx for your help ill mess with it on a partion
     
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    dont say you dont like linux. eventualy you will figure it out and you will love it/ it just takes time to learn. also after you format you will have to mount it. type mkdir /Partition. then type gedit /etc/fstab. then you need to add the partition to the file

    you have to tytpe the device path. then the mount point, then the file system, then defaults, then 0 and 0

    /dev/hda2 /Data ext3 defaults 0 0
     
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