formatting an e-book

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Fri Jul 4 16:27:48 UTC 2008

On Friday 04 July 2008, Steve wrote:
>I just bought a 1TB My Book external HD with the idea of using it to back up
> both my Fedora box and my wife's Vista laptop. I was going to partition
> half of it as NTFS and the other half ext3. The documentation says that it
> comes preformatted with a single FAT32 partition but this looks strange to
> me
># mount
>/dev/sdc1 on /media/My Book type vfat
> (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=hal,shortname=lower,uid=500)
># fdisk -l /dev/sdc1

Wrong, you wanted the base device, probably /dev/sdc, not some partition on it.

>Disk /dev/sdc1: 1000.2 GB, 1000202241024 bytes
>255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121600 cylinders
>Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
>Disk identifier: 0xxxxxxxxxx
>This doesn't look like a partition table
>Probably you selected the wrong device.
>     Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
>/dev/sdc1p1   ?      119512      153402   272218546+  20  Unknown
>Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
>/dev/sdc1p2   ?       82801      116350   269488144   6b  Unknown
>Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
>/dev/sdc1p3   ?       33551      120595   699181456   53  OnTrack DM6 Aux3
>Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
>/dev/sdc1p4   *       86812       86813       10668+  49  Unknown
>Partition 4 does not end on cylinder boundary.
>Partition table entries are not in disk order
>Anybody else had any experience with one if these?

Cheers, Gene
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