Formatting external hard disk to ext2 problem

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June 7, 2010 at 20:23:30
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I have installed a basic linux distro on my laptop, which has a hard disk of only 6247 mb. Because of this small size, I can't even download the iso file of a better, more development oriented linux distro. So I'm trying to format my external hd to ext2 in order to install a "real" linux OS. This is what happens:
tty1 Wed Mar 3 10:04:53 |~|
bb$ mkfs.ext2 /dev/sda
mke2fs 1.37
# lots of unimportant information

Warning: could not zero block 77971184 at end of filesystem
Writing inode tables: 16/2380
Could not write 8 blocks in inode table starting at 524290

How can I fix this, or completely erase the whole disk and then format it so that it will work?

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June 7, 2010 at 20:53:56
im also recieving the same error with my 8gig flash drive, the only thing different is the numbers (like the blocks). Is this a software thing? I remember that I had the same problem formatting my harddrive (the internal, 6247meg one), but am having trouble figuring out what I did to fix that.

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June 7, 2010 at 21:34:46
You could download and burn the cd image for the System Rescue CD, a bootable Linux CD that includes GParted, an Open Source Partition Magic work-alike, then see if you can partition the drive with it.


Ernie Registered Linux User 247790

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June 7, 2010 at 21:40:59
i have the boot disk images for several linux rescue systems, but they're all console systems. None of them have GParted. But I need one that are floppy based, as I cannot find a cd drive to switch with the floppy drive in my laptop, but my laptop is so old that it doesn't support booting from a usb. If it is a software problem, I could use the rescue to format it. I just thought of that...

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June 8, 2010 at 07:41:46
never mind, the linux rescue disks I have don't support usb, where can I download GParted?

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June 20, 2010 at 18:35:52
Great tools, except that 1) I cannot find the cdrom (as in I switched it out with the floppy drive, and lost it. And 2) my usb drive is not bootable (i have a dell latitude cpi [the original] bios A04).

Are there any other tools that are floppy bootable (cannot install nything yo my hd, 'cause it's too small)? {:(

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June 25, 2010 at 05:26:13
HI. There is a lot of ways to install linux on the external hd. and you can use a program called ploplinux to get your laptop to boot from usb. you can install linux by doing a hd copy using a free disk copy tool called diskcopy 2.3 and then boot it with plop. I'm using a seagate freeagent 320 gig extternal hardrive with ubuntu 10.04 on it. good luck.


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