View Full Version : How to format a linux partition...

Grim Reaper
04-05-2002, 03:45 PM
How do you format a linux partition? i currently have slackware, i want to format that, and install mdrak 8.2...ive tried the usual format cmd while booting with a startup disk, i tried it while booted into slackware...i tried deletign the partition with fdisk in linux then recreating it, that seemed to work but then when i went ls everyone was still there...arghies...

Grim Reaper
04-05-2002, 03:51 PM
also, ive tried just going into the mdrake setup, and when i get to the first bit it says hit enter and it'll start to install, so i hit enter hoping itll later give me a chance to format the drive...but then i get this during setup:

Unrecognised character \x82 at /usr/lib/perl5/5.6.1/lib.pm line 1.
Complation failed in require at /usr/bin/runinstall2 line 24.
BEGIN failed--compilation aborted at /usr/bin/runinstall2 line 24.
install exited abnormally :-(

:confused: :confused: :confused:

04-05-2002, 07:20 PM
try the fdisk utilitiy on the win98 boot disk :)

Grim Reaper
04-05-2002, 09:57 PM
yeah i did...i booted in, went into fdisk, deleted the non-dos partition (the linux partition), then tried to recreate it and it says "Verifying Drive Integrity...1%" then it goes to 2% and goes straight back to 0% and keeps looping like that...i have to restart to get out of it so i have no idea wtf is wrong with that fdisk

04-05-2002, 10:35 PM
if this is in your server or test machine or whateva, put the hard drive in your comp and format it that way

04-06-2002, 08:40 AM
The Win98 oe WinME fdisk will not delete non-dos partitions...that is ntfs or unix....Most linux distros have a partition manager built into the install.....you can probably use that to reset the partitions and format them.......If its a ntfs partition...you can remove it using the partition manager in XP setup (have had to do this on a number of occasions)...then use the linux distro to set and format them....of course a utility like partition manager and the like will help you out....

04-07-2002, 08:26 AM
If you boot with the mandrake disk and do an "expert" install you will be able to format selected partitions with the disk drake utility.

04-07-2002, 08:31 AM
If you boot with the mandrake disk and do an "expert" install you will be able to format selected partitions with the disk drake utility.
Forgot to login D

Grim Reaper
04-08-2002, 02:51 PM
ok, ive booted from cd and i hit F1 where im at a cmd prompt, i type in expert to go into expert mode...

Now it prompts me with:

If you want to insert third-party kernel modules, insert a Linux (ext2fs) formatted floppy containing the modules and confirm. Otherwise, select "no"

i select no here

Now it prompts me with:

Which driver should i try to gain SCSI access?

i don't have SCSI so i just press cancel

now here, i get all different error msgs...one time i boot up and do all the above and ill get about 5 errors...the next time ill get more, completely different msgs, and the next time ill get less errors...ect

but one time i did get into the install, i have no idea how, or why it got ther ethat time but it did...any ideas guys??????

04-08-2002, 03:46 PM
You can select expert install in the GUI mode, it's after the license, language and mouse selection.

04-21-2002, 06:08 PM
loggin as root, find the partition name:
/dev/hdaX ... Where X is the number of the partition on that disk. If this is a second harddrive, it may be called /dev/hdbX

Run command:
mke2fs /dev/hdaX ....

This will reformat the partition.