fdisk -l output:

Disk label type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x0006a8bd

What are Disk label type and Disk identifier?

Also, apart from the manuals, where else can I find more information about disk management / partitioning etc..?

  • Have you tried fdisk? Also, try gpart if you don't like command line ones and you would like something more visual. – VaTo May 26 '15 at 20:40
  • yes, the able output is from the command fdisk -l. I have read about gparted but I wanted to know more about the basics of dis partitioning. – Lavya May 26 '15 at 21:34
  • 1
    I'm sorry I forgot for one second that the output you provided was from fdisk -l my bad. Just so you know, if you ever use gparted every time you do any action with that program and try to see the details it would tell you what command it used to execute that action. So you can use that same command in command line to see if in the terminal. – VaTo May 26 '15 at 21:42

The disk label type is the type of Master Boot Record. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_boot_record. The disk identifier is a randomly generated number stuck onto the MBR.

In terms of tools for looking at disks, fdisk is on its way to being deprecated if it isn't already so. parted is the replacement for fdisk and gparted can be used to provide a graphical interface to parted (although certainly other tools exist as well).

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.