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    how to partition a DVD

    Hello everyone,

    I'm pretty green with Ubuntu and Linux, so... I can't figure out how to partition a 4.4 GB DVD using the command line. I know it must involve fdisk and mkfs and maybe something else like wodim, but I can't figure how. Internet searches have yielded little except ads for apps with nice guis that do the job. But, I'd like to "roll my own".

    Thank you.

    Mark Allyn

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    Re: how to partition a DVD

    A DVD does not hold a filesystem like the tradition hard drive or USB sticks/drives.

    Optical disks hold "sessions" -- which you "burn" to the disk using a DVD writing-app.
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    Re: how to partition a DVD

    Hi Mark Phelps,

    I was beginning to come to this conclusion after looking at the file types available in fdisk. None of them shows a "UDF" type. I kept seeing that there was a sector size of 2048 on the DVD (not 512) which also indicated a problem. When I stuck the disk into a Win 7 box and asked to format it the MSFT formatter gave no choice other than several varieties of UDF--not even FAT32 ext.

    This is rather interesting only in that many of the materials I came across in my serching casually state that CDs/DVD/s can be partitioned. Evidenly, this is not so.

    I shall cease and desist.

    Regards,
    Mark Allyn

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