what disklabel to set on a hd I am reusing for a Linux only system

Robert Swanson mapa-kettle at shaw.ca
Wed Aug 25 03:00:35 UTC 2010

On Tuesday 24 August 2010 19:47, Rashkae wrote:
> Robert Swanson wrote:
> > 	The problem is, that I have an older 80Gig drive that I couldn't access
> > with Gparted.  I was forced to put the drive in an xp box and use
> > partition magic just to access the drive.  Now I have it back in the
> > Linux box and I can access the drive, but the program is now asking me
> > what label I want to use. The two appropriate choices are msdos, or GPT,
> > is it OK to use gpt?  Will Kubuntu 6.06 be able to read it?
> > Thanks
> > Bob
> I don't know, and I'm feeling too lazy to look it up, but in this case,
> I would say, why not stay with the old and true msdos? (this is the disk
> layout needed for fdisk, cfdisk and friends.)  For the sake of an 80GB
> drive going into an older system, I don't think you have to worry about
> overcoming the limits of the old paritioning scheme... (and I believe
> that GPT will need bios support to boot as well, so msdos is probably
> your only choice regardless of 2006 kernel.

	The reason I was asking, was I wanted to get away from the msdos extended 
partitions.  The last hard drive that bit the dust was because of some sort 
of failure in the extended partition and I wasn't able to recover any of the 
data.  I did have it backed up, but it caused a much larger problem than I 
would have had by having the seperate partitions.
	I was using this setup as a learning experience and that is why I was 
interested in seeing if it was possible to use the newer partition table.

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