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So, I'm using a CentOS VM in VirtualBox, and created four new disks in the SCSI controller.
The VM created the folders:
Using a 'for loop' all disks are partitioned for LVM.
Another alternative to blkid, lsblk, file -s, cat /proc/paritions, fdisk -l, etc..
Creates a single primary partition starting at sector 0 and extending to the end of the disk. Use with care.
this work even if a partition table exist
Assuming we have a disk image, created by dd if=/dev/sda of=image.dd we can check the image's partition layout with fdisk -ul image.dd, then substitute "x" with starting sector of the partition we want to mount. This example assumes that the disk uses 512Byte sectors
This is a bit hacky, but if you're setting up a bunch of new LUNs, it can save a bunch of time. Also check out sfdisk. The fdisk will fail if, for example, a partition table already exists.