[conspire] verifying I'm doing this correctly - fdisk, mkfs.ext3, e2label for FreeAgent Go 1T

Darlene Wallach freepalestin at dslextreme.com
Sun Mar 28 11:09:08 PDT 2010

So I want to make sure I'm doing this correctly.
(just showing the FreeAgent Go onto which I already ran rsync before
realizing I wanted to format it as ext3)
df -h
# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb1             932G  2.1G  930G   1% /media/FreeAgent Drive

# mount
/dev/sdb1 on /media/FreeAgent Drive type fuseblk

# fdisk -l /dev/sdb1

Disk /dev/sdb1: 1000.2 GB, 1000202240000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121600 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x69205244

This doesn't look like a partition table
Probably you selected the wrong device.

     Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1p1   ?       13578      119522   850995205   72  Unknown
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sdb1p2   ?       45382       79243   271987362   74  Unknown
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sdb1p3   ?       10499       10499           0   65  Novell Netware 386
Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sdb1p4          167628      167631       25817+   0  Empty
Partition 4 does not end on cylinder boundary.

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Is this the correct order?
1. umount /dev/sdb1
1. fdisk /dev/sdb1
2. mkfs.ext3
3. e2label

1. fdisk
Are these the commands to issue to fdisk to format the FreeAgent Go 1T?
# fdisk /dev/sdb1
m - list commands
n - new partition
p - primary
1 - primary partition 1
p - print
w - write

Format the entire disk as ext3
2. mkfs.ext3 -c -c /dev/sdb1
mkfs.ext3 -c -c -L <myLabel> /dev/sdb1

Is it better to run e2label instead of putting the label on in mkfs.ext3?
3. e2label /dev/sdb1 <myLabel>

Thank you for your attention, consideration, and feedback.

Darlene Wallach
equal justice under law

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