1

Having one extra HD (unmounted) that I wish to partition, GParted won't allow me to select "New".

resizing

cannot create more than 1 primary partition

The drive is unmounted.

I am using another HD for my OS. This HD I wish to partition is merely an extra drive for storage, and in the future may hold other OS-es.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

  • Something is wrong... your 35 pic shows sdb (a device) where I'd expect a partition name (sdb1 for example). If the disk were mine, I'd delete everything and start again, especially if this disk was new (eg. you shrunk a partition for example on a factory formatted drive as whoever first created the drive used a non-standard program I suspect). I've seen this on purchased drives, where a 'delete-all-parts&&start-again' fixes the issue (I've never explored why sorry) – guiverc Feb 16 '18 at 23:33
  • Thanks @guiverc. I've actually never used the drive until today, I installed it in my PC a couple of weeks ago while building, but have only today (using "Disks") formatted it into EXT4 and mounted it. I made some folders but nothing exciting. I have not yet done any partitioning. The printscreen doesn't show it, but I then cancel the process (as I'm not sure what the effects will be). – nick88 Feb 16 '18 at 23:49
  • 1
    to close voters -- he is obviously using ubuntu, and ubuntu allows formating a device without a partition table. True it is an unusual occurrence but not off-topic – ravery Feb 18 '18 at 1:00
1

The problem is that you formated a device without a partition table. Thus there can only be one primary "partition".

To fix it you need to make a partition table, either MBR or GPT, then make partitions. Of course backup any data you need as the current device table will be erased.

  • Thanks, I created a partition table (GPT) using GParted, and could proceed as planned, partitioning the disk. Both only could be primary partitions, so I left that option as is. Everything seems to work, thanks both for the help! – nick88 Feb 17 '18 at 0:40
  • GPT only has primary partitions. Since it is designed to accommodate a very large number of partitions, extended partitions are unnecessary and not supported. – ravery Feb 17 '18 at 0:45

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.