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[SOLVED] Problems Formatting Hd
« on: September 02, 2013, 06:15:05 pm »
I am trying to format my 3Tb Hd but for some reason I cant format it with 'Disk Utility' and when I use GParted it takes 6% knocking it down from 2.7Gb to 2.5Gb and the other 3Hd I've got hasn't done that?

How do I format it properly???
I've been trying now for the last 4 hours  >:(
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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2013, 07:03:10 pm »
Unmount and delete all partitions .. create a new partition table .. create a new partition using the filesystem of your choice.

What are you formatting it as, and from FAT --> EXT4 or what ?
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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2013, 07:30:15 pm »
Unmount and delete all partitions .. create a new partition table .. create a new partition using the filesystem of your choice.

Using which program to do all the work?

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What are you formatting it as, and from FAT --> EXT4 or what ?

From NTFS to EXT4

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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2013, 08:35:53 pm »
Are you trying to create a single partition to span the 3tb drive?
If so you could try to create 2 partitions (one at a time) or switch to GPT.
It appears that the msdos partition table will not work with that size of drive.
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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2013, 08:40:36 pm »
What's 'GPT'?

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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2013, 09:27:06 pm »
You learn something every day, I didn't realise that about the msdos partition table :)
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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2013, 10:27:19 pm »
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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2013, 11:04:18 pm »
So I'm going to have to put it back to NTFS...

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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2013, 11:40:13 pm »
No .. just use a GPT partition table.
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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2013, 11:59:32 pm »
No .. just use a GPT partition table.

How do I do that?

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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2013, 12:38:34 am »
In Gparted, first make sure you're working with the right drive

then -

Device > Create Partition Tablee

then select Advanced > GPT

Be aware, that will wipe the drive

Then create a partition and format it to whatever file system you want

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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2013, 12:37:04 pm »
How do I get rid of the bit at the front where it's stealing it for itself as Ive done other drives and it's not done that?



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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2013, 06:19:01 pm »
You can't, that's reserved space for the master file table.

Windows file systems do the same thing but it usually starts off very small and grows as needed .. problem is that scatters it all over the partition.

[EDIT]

Any particular reason you included a swap partition on that drive ?

And if it's an external drive that may be plugged into with a Windows PC, why EXT4 (as Windows can't read/write to EXT) ?

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Re: Problems Formatting Hd
« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2013, 07:21:11 pm »
You can't, that's reserved space for the master file table.


But it actually shows up as used space on the usable part of the Hd

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Any particular reason you included a swap partition on that drive ?


Doesn't it need it, I put it there because the existing one with my current OS - 12.04LTS


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