dd booboo

Charles Curley charlescurley at charlescurley.com
Sat Feb 17 15:35:55 MST 2007

On Sat, Feb 17, 2007 at 03:32:59PM -0700, Charles Curley wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 17, 2007 at 02:47:46PM -0700, Daniel wrote:
> > I did "dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb1" to an external 4+GB drive, then
> > unplugged it.  I plugged it back in and now I can't see it. Did I make
> > that drive a paper weight?
> Probably not.
> What do you mean, you can't see it?
> That command stomps on the partition table, so you won't see any
> partitions show up on your desktop. But there should be a device file,
> /dev/sdX (where X is assigned by udev or the kernel), for the whole
> drive.

Sorry, I should learn how to read. That command stomps on the boot
record for the first partition on the drive, rendering it
unmountable. You will need to put a new file system on it.


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