On 12/31/06, Paul Smith <phhs80(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> >> ... if you issue parted /dev/sdx and then print, you
are able to
> >> see all the partitions on sdx, including flags, filesystems a.s.o.
> > Thanks.
> > Hadn't tried that, but it doesn't look like any more information than
> > can get from fdisk. E.g. parted's 'print' shows the partition type,
> > doesn't actually test whether there's a formatted file system there
> > unless you're doing a file system operation on it. And it feels safer to
> > me to just try and mount a partition temporarily, and read-only if you
> > really want to be careful.
> I guess if you see the partition type with fdisk and then try to mount
> the partition or activate the partition, it will tell you if it is
> formatted with the filesystem that it claims to be.
> Other than that, I never thought to try any out of the ordinary program
> to figure out if it is setup with a filesystem. I did that for DOS, so I
> guess other filesystem presence would work the same.
Thanks to all. The disk where I suspect that there is some unformatted
space is the following ('fdisk output'):
Disk /dev/hde: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hde1 * 1 10000 80324968+ 83 Linux
/dev/hde2 10001 19457 75963352+ 8e Linux LVM
The output of parted is:
Model: ST3160021A (ide)
Disk /dev/hde: 160GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 32.3kB 82.3GB 82.3GB primary ext3 boot
2 82.3GB 160GB 77.8GB primary lvm