Solved: Error on labeling the disk

You may get below error when you are trying to label a new disk in Solaris.

format> la
 WARNING - This disk may be in use by an application that has
 modified the fdisk table. Ensure that this disk is
 not currently in use before proceeding to use fdisk.



Before you proceed for the solution ensure that this is the correct disk which you want to label.

  • Once you are sure about the correct disk, select the disk from the format menu.
  • Before you try labeling the disk execute “fdisk” while in format menu.
format> fdisk
 No fdisk table exists. The default partition for the disk is:

a 100% "SOLARIS System" partition

Type "y" to accept the default partition, otherwise type "n" to edit the
 partition table.


  • Once you press “y” it will accept the default disk layout.
  • Now you can also change the disk layout format as per your requirement and finally label the disk.

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