[Nottingham] Reformatting a second harddrive

Ron Wilton ron_w_add at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Nov 26 20:32:22 UTC 2009


Thanks everyone for the replies, though I do like the idea of using gParted.

Richard, could you tell me if the graphics representing the partitions show how the data is stored (i.e. to one end of the partition), or whether the data could be anywhere in the partition, please? I'm wanting to shrink some partitions and therefore wanting to know if such an action will delete some data.



--- On Tue, 24/11/09, Richard Ward <daedalusfall at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Richard Ward <daedalusfall at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Nottingham] Reformatting a second harddrive
To: "Notts GNU/Linux Users Group" <nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk>
Date: Tuesday, 24 November, 2009, 7:33

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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