Partition 80GB USB 3.5 HD

Brian Fahrlander brian at
Mon Jan 8 20:10:59 UTC 2007

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OOzy Pal wrote:
> I just bought  an 80GB 3.5 USB HD. How do I partition it and format it?

   Well, though I'm sure it's in the documentation (I just know how to
do it, from doing it for so long), the steps are to:

   plug it in :)
   learn what device it is (probably /dev/sda)
   fdisk /dev/sda, create a new 53? type partition (creates /dev/sda1)
   mkfs /dev/sda1
   mount /dev/sda1 /where/you/want/it

   And that's the general sequence. HAL and friends will try to mount it
onto /media/devicename until you put it in /etc/fstab.

   But take the time; read the man pages- play with it, if you have
time. You'll find the way that Unix/Linux has all kinds of flexibility
and choices, and the docs aren't too hard to warm up to.  It's kinda
fun, really.

   If you want this to be readable by "the other leading brand", you'll
want to format it as FAT or VFAT or something.

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