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How can I format the following partition on Redhat 5.2?

/dev/mapper/VG00-LogVol 148G  111G   36G  76% /u001/app/oracle
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"Formating" a partition is done by simply creating a filesystem on that device. For example:

mkfs.ext4 /dev/mapper/VG00-LogVol

But be sure you know what you are doing. You can really destroy data that way.

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Its redhat 5 so isn't it should be mkfs.ext3 /dev/mapper/VG00-LogVol instead mkfs.ext4. Yes We already have taken the backup –  OmiPenguin Jan 12 '13 at 13:24
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You have to decide yourself what kind of filesystem is best for your case. ext3 is probably fine. –  michas Jan 12 '13 at 13:37
    
I tried to run the command mkfs.ext3 /dev/mapper/VG00-LogVol but its saying that /dev/mapper/VG00-LogVol is apparently is in use by the system, will not make a filesystem. Although i have unmounted the filesystem –  OmiPenguin Jan 12 '13 at 13:40

Red Hat distros should have a GUI tool for this called "Disks" installed, and yes, be extremely careful, especially if you're running on a manufacturer-built machine because often times people end up voiding their warranty messing with partitions because the manufacturers almost always have a partition full of recovery tools hidden somewhere.

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