[Nottingham] Reformatting a second harddrive

Richard Ward daedalusfall at gmail.com
Tue Nov 24 07:33:11 UTC 2009

James Gibbon wrote:
> Hi Ron,
> On Mon, 23 Nov 2009 22:09:05 +0000 (GMT)
> Ron Wilton <ron_w_add at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
>> I currently have two
>> internal harddrives on computer.
>> I want to reformat the second one [...]
> [...] put a new filesystem on it by
> using mkfs.ext3 (or equivalent) from a terminal.

If you want a nice gui for partitioning things, try gparted (GNOME 
Partition Editor). It will also let you see what your current partitions 
on any given drive are.

While I am usually happy to do things from the terminal I prefer using 
gparted for formatting stuff - its easier to identify which drive is 
which, its much harder to make mistakes, and presents all the options 
for moving/resizing etc.

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