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FreeOS.com: fdisk for partitioning

May 05, 2001, 20:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sarup)

[ Thanks to Mayank for this link. ]

Daunted by fdisk? It's a powerful tool, but often confusing to new users who realize it holds the power of life or death over your precious data. You can plunk down some money for a friendlier shrinkwrap tool, try out cfdisk (which is a little less intimidating), or you can learn fdisk's intricacies with a guide from FreeOS.com.

"As you, by now, have realized that partitioning the hard drive is essential part of Linux usage. Partitioning data provides us with logical blocks for effective separation of data. Also, it's quite common to see multi-os machines these days, which require you to partition your hard drive. Fdisk is the tool you use for this purpose. Here we bring you a howto on fdisk for Linux, which mind you, is separate from the fdisk for Windows that most of us are familiar with. This is a matter of confusion for most rookies. For apart from sharing a name, there's a world of difference between the two.

Currently, most distributions offer nicer GUI front-ends. These not only hide much of the complexity but also lack the power that fdisk brings. Although it seems difficult at first, fdisk becomes a lot easier as you continue working with it."

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