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Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by .Chris, Mar 13, 2011.
i didn't know where to post this but,
How do I create an ext3 partition for a USB external drive?
Boot into Linux with a live cd, or download Gparted and boot it via disk or usb.
There are a number of ways.
Using the terminal (Linux, as root) you can do:
1. Execute 'fdisk -l', locate your USB device in the list presented (usually /dev/sdb or /dev/sda).
2. Execute 'fdisk /dev/' (e.g 'fdisk /dev/sda').
3. If you have any partition on it already that you want to remove, type 'd' (followed by enter of course).
4. Type 'n', select properties or just press enter for defaults.
5. Type 'w', your changes have now been applied.
6. ??? (No actually, execute 'mkfs.ext3 /dev/').
Edit: Typo and obligatory ???->Profit.
In Windows, you could use http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html
Works great, I've used it several times!
Use Linux, format it with gParted.
u dont have to install linux, gParted can be run as a live cd
Exactly, i already mentioned this in my 1st post, it's the easiest method surely.
Definitely use GParted. Worked great for me when I was making my linux partitions on my old laptop.
Aye it's great for resizing ntfs/fat partitions that cant be resized with programs like EASUS partition manager etc...
You don't have to install Linux, because you can run Linux as a Live CD. So what's your point?
His point is most likely that there is a gParted live CD made only for running gParted. That live CD actually is a Linux live CD itself though.
Regardless, there's no point in making an ext3 partition if you're not on Linux or another Unix-like that supports the filesystem in which case typing the few commands described in my post (a ~20 second process if you do it pretty slowly) is faster and more convenient than getting and using gParted.