Linux's fdisk

Compared to Windows NT's and OS/2's disk partitioning programs, Linux's fdisk is not very user friendly. Like the DOS FDISK program, Linux's fdisk is text-mode and menu-based. Key features of this program include

  • Operation on one hard disk at a time— If you want to partition two or more physical disks, you must do so by starting fdisk two or more times. You specify the disk you want to modify on the command line when you invoke fdisk, as in fdisk /dev/sdb, to access the second SCSI disk.

  • Capability to delete partitions and then re-create them on a second run— Many partitioning programs write data (albeit only a small amount) to their partitions when the partitions are created. Linux's fdisk doesn't do this, which makes recovery ...

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