On 12/20/2009 06:46 PM, Marcel Rieux wrote: > > If you remember well, I said I formatted the drive by right clicking > on the icon. If you format sdb, an sdb1 partition will be created. If > you don't have a partition, the drive can't be used. > You can format a drive without a partition table, and still format/use it. I am not sure if it would get automatically mounted, but it does work. A partition table, and partition will NOT be created for you. Also, you can have a drive with one partition without that partition being partition 1. ZIP disks were famous for this. For a log time, DOS formatted ZIP disks used partition 4. > The man page does say: > > e2fsck - check a Linux ext2/ext3/ext4 file system > > A file system is not a device. So, the filesystem -- here sdb1 -- must > be specified. > Nope - A file system is created on a device. Both /dev/sdb and /dev/sdb1 are devices. For that matter, a device is also a file. You can use an entire drive, or a partition on a drive, as a tar archive. (tar -cvf /dev/sdb /home/mikkel) Remember - under UNIX type systems, everything is a file - that includes devices. That is why commands like cp and cat work on drives, as well as what most people consider files. Mikkel -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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