12 Replies Latest reply on Aug 11, 2016 8:36 AM by continuum

    Is VMware really unable to format my disks ? Do I really need to download a thirdparty for that ?

    dbucher Novice

      Dear all,


      I'm publishing a new thread, because I think the first one was a very precise technical question, but this title is more in adequation with my real question.

      The previous, more technical post is under : Error: Read-only file system during write on /dev/disks/naa.* : tried all forums with no solution !


      My problem is very simple, I just want to format the disks on my server!

      But it looks like VMware doesn't want or is unable to do such a simple task!

      Do I need to burn a CD from a thirdparty and physically go to the datacenter to boot on a CD-ROM, only to format the disks?


      Any help would be appreciated, because of course I could to all that, but I cannot believe VMware is so badly conceived!




      P. S. Details about what I tried:


      # partedUtil mklabel /dev/disks/naa.600605b009a647b01c5ed73926b7ede1 msdos

      Error: Read-only file system during write on /dev/disks/naa.600605b009a647b01c5ed73926b7ede1

      WriteNewPtable: Unable to commit to device /dev/disks/naa.600605b009a647b01c5ed73926b7ede1


      "partedUtil delete partition" gives the same message.

      "partedUtil setptbl" gives the same message.

      "fdisk" (delete, new partitions, write) is of no use. (When I write there is no error but nothing has been written)

      I tried to reboot, no change.

      There are no Virtual machines at all on that server.


      # partedUtil  getptbl /dev/disks/naa.600605b009a647b01c5ed73926b7ede1


      1215155 255 63 19521474560

      1 63 8386622 EBD0A0A2B9E5443387C068B6B72699C7 linuxNative 0

      2 8386623 13629502 9D27538040AD11DBBF97000C2911D1B8 vmkDiagnostic 0