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 03:27:03 UTC 2010

On Tuesday 24 August 2010 20:00, Robert Swanson wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks,
> 	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.
> Bob

Here is a link that better explains why I wanted to use UUID

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