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Problem formatting partitions
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koh


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PostPosted: Mon 12 Nov 2012, 09:02    Post subject:  Problem formatting partitions  

I tried re-formatting HDD as ext2/ext3 by Gparted.
But I can not it.
When I started formatting, Freeze computer soon.
(But I tried formatting small size(until 2GB)Suceeded formatting)

HDD formatting before re-formatting as below,
sda1:Linux-swap -192MB
sda2:ext2    -100MB
sda3:ext2    -465.4GB
 overall : 465.76GB

So the result my checking as below,
(with help by japanese puppy forum members)
1.Try formatting by another tool.
Tried below 2 tools, but result is same.
-Partation wizard home edition
-GNU parted

2.HDD health check
check by GSmartControl
Identify -over-all health self-assessment test ->passed
Perform test -Complete without error(both short and extend)

3.Format command and result(checked on Gparted 0.5.0)
   ntfs:mkntfs -Q -v -L "" /dev/sda     :Sucessed formatting
   ext2:mkfs.ext2 -L ""/dev/sda        :Missed(But Sucessed until 2GB)
   ext3:mkfs.ext3 -L ""/dev/sda        :Missed(But Sucessed until 2GB)
ext4:mkfs.ext4 -j -O extent -L ""/dev/sda  :Missed(But Sucessed until 2GB)
   xfs :mkfs.xfs -f -L " "/dev/sda :Sucessed formatting

Someone has the idea for solve this issue?
or some trobleshoot method.
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Nov 2012, 09:18    Post subject:  

The reported size of the partitions before reformatting adds up to more than the 'overall' size. How is that possible? Confused
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Nov 2012, 14:21    Post subject:  

Gparted 0.5.0 is very old version.
The latest is 0.14.0-1

Try using this:

Gparted live CD

For partitioning I would suggest you use the Gparted live CD that you can get from here.
You can download a free version to make your own Gparted live CD.
It is up to date and specifically made to run Gparted.
Info:
http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php
Download:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/gparted/files/gparted-live-stable/

sda1- a swap partition. (good to have) Do need to make it so it and the memory will add up to at least 512MB.
sda2 100MB- not sure what good that small a partition would be in Puppy.

I would suggest deleting all partitions and starting over using the newer version of Gparted.
If all you are putting on the hard drive is Puppy, you really only need 2 partitions. sda1 and sda2 swap.

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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2012, 07:42    Post subject:  

Dear all,

Thanks for suggestion. Smile
I tried using latest Gparted live cd.

So erase current formatting and re-formatting as ext2.
But freezed Crying or Very sad

So I re-try formatting ntfs.(complete)

and re-formatting as ext3 by terminal inputting.
#sudo mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1(this case issued HDD as sdb)

but freezed until writing inode. Confused

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PostPosted: Tue 13 Nov 2012, 23:49    Post subject:  

Use Gparted and delete all partitions so all you have is unallocated space.
Start fresh making partitions and formatting.

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PostPosted: Fri 23 Nov 2012, 21:17    Post subject: next idea  

Dear all,

I did below trial, but did not solve this issue.

1.Gparted live cd latest version.
Erase and make partition table(MS-DOS) and make new partitions
but formating is error.

2.Erase HDD data by Active@ KillDisk Free Edition
(one pass zero method)
Succeed zero fill.
But formating is error.(By Gparted live cd)

So I do not lost more time for this investigation.
Because this HDD can format another style.

I would like to know which style is better for puppy.

1.NTFS
2.hfs+
3.jfs
4.reiser4
5.reiserfs
6.xfs   
7.nilfs2

xfs is seem better?
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PostPosted: Fri 23 Nov 2012, 23:17    Post subject:  

You might want to consider if any badblocks or disk failure may be part of the problem:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=38632
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PostPosted: Sat 24 Nov 2012, 18:32    Post subject: thanks  

thanks for advice.

But already I checked badblocks.
and result is NO badblocks on HDD.
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PostPosted: Sun 25 Nov 2012, 01:53    Post subject:  

koh wrote:
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but freezed until writing inode. Confused

...


[1]Perhaps problems with path or source which gives the energy to device.

[2]BIOS settings are important.

[3]Maybe ---> http://www.nec.com/en/global/support/index.html

[4]
hard drive data recovery-WD, western digital,PCB Swap --->
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6w0coK4Y0c

Running an open hard disk --->( 5:16 - 8:18 ) --->
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJKxUPlhvZY

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PostPosted: Wed 28 Nov 2012, 17:36    Post subject:  

koh Sat 24 Nov 2012, 18:32 wrote:


thanks for advice.

But already I checked badblocks.
and result is NO badblocks on HDD.


Unfortunately I wouldnt know much more about what kind of problem is occurring.

If no other solution is posted you might try the strace command which is what I use when no other solution arises.

http://linux.die.net/man/1/strace
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