I'm a little confused about fdisk and mkfs.
So - here is typical USB flash drive partitioning and formatting:
umount /dev/sdb fdisk fdisk /dev/sdb Command (m for help): d Selected partition 1 Command (m for help): n Command action e extended p primary partition (1-4) p Partition number (1-4): 1 First cylinder (1-960, default 1): ↵ Using default value 1 Last cylinder or +size or +sizeM or +sizeK (1-960, default 960): ↵ Using default value 960 Command (m for help): t Selected partition 1 Hex code (type L to list codes): 6 Changed system type of partition 1 to 6 (FAT16) Command (m for help): a Partition number (1-4): 1 Command (m for help): w The partition table has been altered! Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table. WARNING: If you have created or modified any DOS 6.x partitions, please see the fdisk manual page for additional information. mkfs -t vfat /dev/sdb1
My question is:
Why do we even have to use t option to specify partition type while doing fdisk step? How does it affect everything? Does it create some mark on usb drive meaning that there only supposed to be vfat partition? Or is it safe to skip t step altogether? AFAIK - partitioning is only splitting disk into areas - is it not?
Just trying to understand why it works the way it works:)