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Create partitions using CLI on linux

First and foremost:


These commands are EXAMPLES. DELETING partitions, MODIFYING and FORMATTING filesystems destroys data and/or may prevent your machine from booting. Make backups. Use at own risk. Try on a machine you don't mind losing all data on. caveat admin.

To quickly set up a drive up as a single ext4 partition… View detected devices of class “DISK”

lshw -C disk

View existing partition table(s)

fdisk -l

Edit the partition table for my chosen device (in this case, “sdx”)

fdisk /dev/sdx

Within FDISK, press:

d delete the current partition
n create a new partition
p specify it as a PRIMARY partition
1 set it as the 1ST primary partition
w write the changes.

Display the new partition table:

fdisk -l

Format the new partition's filesystem as type ext4

mkfs -t ext4 /dev/sdx1

Create a new directory where the new drive will mount into:

mkdir /storage
mount /dev/sdx1 /storage

TUNING Remove reserved blocks (i.e. set to 0%), since this drive is just for user data

tune2fs -m 0 /dev/sdx1

Since server is on UPS, Set write-back so apps don't wait for actual disk writes

tune2fs -o journal_data_writeback /dev/sdx1

Mount at boot up using /etc/fstab and also set write-back policy

vi /etc/fstab

Find (or add) the relevant line in fstab for your drive. Parameters in fstab are separated by white space, for example the drive described above might appear as:

/dev/sdx1 /storage ext4 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
  • The first parameter identifies the partition (either by /dev/ or a long UUID);
  • The second parameter is the path the partition will be mounted to;
  • Third is the filesystem type;
  • The fourth parameter contains the options;
  • Fifth is the dump schedule for backups; and,
  • The sixth parameter is pass-number (used to control fsck order).

Change the options (4th parameter) to:


Reboot to check that everything went well. Remember these commands are destructive! Have backups and be careful!


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linux/shell_commands/fdisk.txt · Last modified: 2019/10/31 09:05 (external edit)