I have tried to mount a SD card on Linux Mint, I have found the right device file and tried: mount -t vfat /dev/sdb /mnt/zauberportal ,but it failed and I tried some variations like different types of file systems after the -t option.

Now, I read, that it is quiet possible that it is because of a badly written partition table, the suggestion was to erase the whole partition table by filling the first 512 bytes of the SD card with zeros: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1, than I should create a partitioning table using a program called gparted, but it did not work.

Is it possible to create a new partitioning table from the command line ?

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    "It failed" and "it did not work" provide no useful information. Please read How To Ask Questions The Smart Way...
    – jasonwryan
    Feb 18, 2015 at 0:54
  • Where did you get "the suggestion" from? Did that include making a backup of the SD? Any reason why to use gparted (I only use that for my drives > 2TB)
    – Anthon
    Feb 18, 2015 at 6:25

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If you want to possibly * remove everything then you can do your dd command; however, you'll still need to create a partition table.

NOTE I'm going to use /dev/sdb because that is what you have in your original question

I recommend fdisk. So you would do something like the following:

# fdisk /dev/sdb
Command (m for help): n
Select (default p): p
Partition number (1-4, default 1): 1
First sector (starting-ending, default starting): starting
Last sector, +sectors or +size{K,M,G} (starting-ending, default ending): ending
Command (m for help): w

You will then need to format the partition using mkfs. If you're only going to use your SD Card in a linux box then use ext3 or ext4:

# mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1

Otherwise, you're probably safer off with ntfs (check with what you're going to insert the card into):

# mkfs.ntfs /dev/sdb1

Once that's done, you can then mount it:

# mount -t ext3 /dev/sdb1 /mnt

When you're finished, make sure you unmount it:

# umount /mnt

*All of the data will still be there, but for most end users this means it's as good as gone without a partition table.

  • this answer, while correct back in the day, is very outdated now... since all kernels give sd cards the device path /dev/mmcblk0 for the first one, and 1...etc...etc... if you have multiple readers and cards inserted. further the partitions are numbered, so partition one on your first memory card is: /dev/mmcblk0p1 /dev/mmcblk0p2 #if you have a second etc, etc. This may help people. Nov 20, 2020 at 1:46

"fdisk" and "parted" are command line commands to deal with disk partition tables. You may try with them.

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