Happily, fdsk will allow us to change partition types on the fly:$ sudo fdisk /dev/sdd[...]Command (m for help): t Selected partition 1Hex code (type L to list codes): 83Changed system type of partition 1 to 83 (Linux)Command (m for help): p Disk /dev/sdd: 16.0 GB, 16049504256 bytes255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1951 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Disk identifier: 0x000705e4 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System/dev/sdd1 1 1952 15673340 83 Linux Command (m for help): w The partition table has been altered! "p" prints the current partition table and "w" writes the modified table to the device and exits fdisk. Almost certainly more than you ever wanted to know about cleaning and formatting drives under Linux.While we were working with a relatively small USB device in this case, all of the commands that you see here apply equally well to all kinds of storage devices of any size you might encounter.On Linux you use the mkntfs command for this: Note that I'm calling mkntfs on the partition we created with parted- /dev/sdd1- and not on the entire drive.
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We can confirm our settings with the "print" command.
Notice in the output of the "print" command that the "File system" column is empty.
For these file systems, it's easiest just to use the mkfs command.
Here's an example of creating an EXT2 file system on our drive: I've never seen much point in bothering with EXT3 on a thumb drive, but it's just a matter of using "ext3" (or "ext4") instead of "ext2" in the command line shown above.
That's because we haven't actually formatted a file system into the partition.
I want to make an NTFS partition for sharing data between my Linux box and my clients' Windows systems.
Of course the label on the partition is "NTFS", which is what we chose when we made the partition with parted.