1. Why "fdisk /dev/hdb1" works but not "fdisk /dev/hdb"!?
I am trying to make linux partitions on an empty second 170MB
Hard drive. The drive has been low-level formatted, with
no partitions, and dos fdisk reports everything correct. I
boot from slackware diskettes, and boot msg says:
hdb: bad partition table
Of course, "fdisk /dev/hdb" does not work, nor "fdisk /dev/hdb1".
(err msg: Unable to read /dev/hdxx). Suprisingly, fdisk /dev/hda
also gives the same message.
Now, I go back to dos, create and dos format a 16MB partition on
the second hard drive. Boot under slackware, and boot msg says:
Now, "fdisk /dev/hdb" still gives "unable to read /dev/hdb" msg,
but "fdisk /dev/hdb1" allows me into fdisk. Unfortunately, it
gives total garbage when I print out contents of partition table
within fdisk (/dev/hdb11 through /dev/hdb12 are all defined with
physical/logical boundry errors). But as "fdisk /dev/hdb1"
should not work, as /dev/hdb1 is a partition and not a device,
I am not suprised. But why does fdisk try to operate on a
partition, but not let me operate on the device /dev/hdb????
Help! At wit's end... Any suggestions appreciated, as I am
getting nowhere. I just want to create linux partitions
on my second hard drive (and I have no problems creating dos
partitions on that drive, so the drive seems to be recognized
thanks in advance,
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