I am trying to allocate a Linux partition to a disk using an openSUSE VM (in VMPlayer). I have tried running sfdisk -l to find the disk, but when I do so I can only see drives with an existing Linux partition, not the USB drive with no allocated partitions. Is there a way of displaying drives that just contain unallocated drive-space and getting openSUSE to partition the drive?

  • I am now wondering if because VMWare player is designed to run in a Windows environment it is only able to see Windows partitioned external drives? Does anyone know if this is the case? Apr 11, 2016 at 13:26

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Sorry that I don't know much about openSUSE, but under Debian there is a package called util-linux.

There you'll find a tool called "lsblk", which will list all your installed block-devices, except RAM-Disks.

Just type: lsblk

  • Hhhhm, doesn't appear to be showing up. Perhaps something to do with the VM. Thanks, though. I'm sure the tools will be useful, and lsblk shows me the ROM partition, which I couldn't see before. Apr 11, 2016 at 16:04
  • I also have no experience with VM-Player, but in VirtualBox you have to configure USB passthrough to have your USB devices present in VMs. Apr 13, 2016 at 8:25
  • Thanks. I will give Virtual Box a try see if I have more luck. Apr 13, 2016 at 8:46
  • Ok, that was no advertisement for VBox. More intended to check if VMWare also needs some kind of USB passthrough configuration. But yes, give VBox a try ;-) Years ago I switched from VMWare to VBox and I feel more comfortable with it. Only my opinion :D Apr 13, 2016 at 9:16
  • I'll have a check into pass-through config. Appears related to many issues I have faced with tech recently. Apr 13, 2016 at 9:21

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