Repartitioning

Re-read The Partition Table Without Rebooting Linux System

by on May 8, 2006 25 comments Last updated May 26, 2010

 

If you are using hot swappable hard disk and created new partition using fdisk then you need to reboot Linux based system to get partition recognized. Without reboot you will NOT able to create filesystem on your newly created or modified partitions with the mke2fs command.

However with partprobe command you should able to create a new file system without rebooting the box. It is a program that informs the operating system kernel of partition table changes, by requesting that the operating system re-read the partition table.

After the fdisk command session (which makes changes to partition table) just type the following command:
# partprobe
OR
# partprobe /dev/sdX
Replace /dev/sdX or /dev/hdX with actual device name. Now you will able to create filesystem on new partition with the mke2fs command.