[Gllug] Fdisk in a pure Linux environment

John Winters john at sinodun.org.uk
Fri Jan 6 07:11:54 UTC 2012

On 30/11/11 12:12, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 11:05:50AM +0000, James Courtier-Dutton wrote:
>> I think this is 32 or 64 sectors. fdisk will probably do that for you,
> First of all, forget about fdisk.  Don't use it.  Parted is also
> horrible[1], but at least it can handle GPT, which is the future of
> partitioning once>  2TB disks become common.

One thing to be aware of (which caught me out the first time I tried) is 
that if you have a large (>= 2TB) drive which you intend to use for 
booting Linux with grub then you must create a small partition of type 
"bios_grub" at the beginning of the disk or else grub won't be able to 
install itself.

The Debian installer at least makes no complaint if you fail to do this, 
and you only find out at the grub installation stage which is very 

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