Linux How to Getting Started With Formatting Partitions By Command Line on Linux Easy & Pragmatic Guide

December 7, 2012 | By Regaz.

The Guide shows you How to Format the Partitions on Disk by Linux Command Line Tools.

All Steps are Clearly Delineated Reducing at Minimum the Eventuals Choices and Customizations to Make Clearer & Easier the Process.

So if you Have Some Doubt or Need Some More Insight you Should Consult the Official Online Documentation…

Just Relax & Take the Time of Carefully Reading and Executing the Instructions Contained Here and All should Work Like a Summer Breeze :)

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For the Sake of Clarity I Take Into Account Only the General Case of Formatting Two Partitions on Disk:

  • One Swap Partition

  • One Root Partition

  1. Here is the Detailed Guide for Partitioning with fdisk:

    fdisk Partitioning Getting-Started
  • To Enable/Format the Swap Partition:

    We Suppose that’s the First, One.

    mkswap /dev/sda1
    swapon /dev/sda1
  • Formatting the Root Partition:

    We Suppose that’s the Second One.

    mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda2

    Here I Choosen the ext3 Formatting but we Dispose of Many Other Choices See:

    mkfs -h
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