how to format a drive

Guillermo Garron guillermo.fedora at
Fri Mar 9 13:01:41 UTC 2007

On 3/9/07, OOzy Pal <oozypal at> wrote:
> On 3/9/07, Carsten Aulbert <carsten at> wrote:
> > OOzy Pal wrote:
> >
> > > which is my kubuntu? Is there a significant difference?
> >
> > I don't get the question. What are you trying to do?
> >
> > with mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1 you will format the first partition of the
> > second (SCSI/SATA) drive with the filesystem ext3. Everything on this
> > partition will be gone afterwards.
> >
> > I don't know what is on which partition you have and what you want to do.
> >
> > Carsten
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> I mean what is the diff btw ext3, ex2, xfs, and reiserfs? Is Kunbuntu
> ext3 or ex2, etc?
ext3 is a linux partition
ext2 also, but as per as your question, what are your trying to do?
format a disk to be able to use it with your Kubuntu (read any linux)
only? or also with microsoft or mac PCs (in case you are formating a

If only for Linux you can use
mkfs.ext3 /dev/xxxy  where xxxy is hda1, hda2, hdb2, hdc1, sda1, sdb2,
what ever, hd is for IDE disks where the a, b, or c.. are the
positions the IDE disk are using and the numbers are the partitions on
that disk, with sd are SATA disk, with the same considerations for the
letters following and the numbers.

If you are trying to format a pendrive or a USB external disk to use
also with linux and XP or any other windows, and/or mac, use FAT32
with this command.


Hope this can help you decide what you need.


Guillermo Garron
"Linux IS user friendly... It's just selective about who its friends are."
(Using FC6, CentOS4.4, Ubuntu 6.06 and Debian Etch)

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