On Tue, 12 May 2009 13:41:37 -0400, Daniel Underwood <djuatde...@gmail.com> wrote: > I have no idea why there is more than 1 partition on this disk.
I think I just saw one partition (slice in FreeBSD) in your output. > The data for partition 1 is: > [blah] > The data for partition 2 is: > <UNUSED> > The data for partition 3 is: > <UNUSED> > The data for partition 4 is: > <UNUSED> > Every time I tried to fdisk (or > perhaps it was mkfs.ext3) on in linux, I got errors about a "bad > superblock" (which I understand somehow relates to the journaling > mechanism of ext3). UFS has superblocks, too. > Therefore it is my hope that by reverting to the lowest level tools in > FreeBSD to reformat the drive (if that's even the appropriate step to > take) I can reclaim the ~300GB drive for external storage/backups. These tools are basic tools, not lowest level. In fact, they operate on a very high level of functionality. :-) If you want to use the disk as an external backup storage, the simplest thing is to # newfs /dev/da0 and then just mount it. If you're not going to slice and partition it, there's no need for fdisk or bsdlabel. The device /dev/da0, formerly /dev/da0c, refers to "the one whole partition on DA device 0", as /dev/da0s1c would refer to "the one whole partition covering the 1st slice of DA device 0"; you can, however, have more than one slice on that disk, and different partitions within each slice, such as /dev/da0s2g. But according to your requirement for a backup storage, using the whole disk altogether would surely be the best choice. You can then enter a line like /dev/da0 /backup ufs rw,noauto 2 2 in your /etc/fstab, and then use # mount /backup do your backups or recoveries, e. g. with cpdup or tar, then use # umount /backup It's quite simple to do so. :-) -- Polytropon >From Magdeburg, Germany Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0 Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ... _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"