fdisk -l output:
. . Disk label type: dos Disk identifier: 0x0006a8bd . .
Disk label type and
Also, apart from the manuals, where else can I find more information about disk management / partitioning etc..?
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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
gparted can be used to provide a graphical interface to parted (although certainly other tools exist as well).