Partition, format, and mount a drive on Ubuntu

List logical disks and partitions

sudo fdisk -l

Partition the disk

sudo fdisk /dev/sdb

  • Press n to create a partition
  • Press p or l to create primary or logical partitions
  • Press w to write your changes or q to quit

Format the partition

  • sudo mkfs -t ext4 /dev/sdb1
  • sudo mkfs -t ext4 -N 2000000 /dev/sdb1 - This will manually set the number of inodes to 2,000,000

Mount disk

  • mount - Shows what is mounted
  • mkdir /mnt/mydrive
  • mount -t ext4 /dev/sdb1 /mnt/mydrive

Get disk's UUID

ls -al /dev/disk/by-uuid/

Mount at boot

Add the following line to your /etc/fstab file adjusting the UUID to your device's id and the directory to where you want to mount:

UUID=811d3de0-ca6b-4b61-9445-af2e306d9999 /mnt/mydrive ext4 defaults 0 0

mount -a - remounts filesystems from /etc/fstab

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