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I am trying to partition my hard drive I just wiped with dban so that I can install arch linux but when i run

cfdisk /dev/sda

It says:

Select table type
gpt
dos
sgi
sun

I don't know which to choose.

It also says:

Device does not contain a recognized partition table.
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Choose gpt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table) for harddisks bigger than 2 TB and machines using UEFI and dos (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_boot_record) otherwise.

A general descrition regarding this topic you can on the Wikipedia article about Partition tables (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partition_table).

  • "Choose gpt for harddisks bigger than 2 TB and machines using UEFI and dos otherwise." - should this be interpreted as gpt for > 2TB and UEFI, or do you mean >2 TB or UEFI? I.e. if the disk is, say, 512GB but the machine is UEFI, what then? – davidA Aug 7 '18 at 0:44
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    @meowsqueak: It's >2TB and UEFI. dos won't work if both of these are present. It will work with UEFI by itself but not >2TB by itself. (edited because of an incorrect answer) – Cool Charac Nov 14 '18 at 18:54

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