View Full Version : [ubuntu] format to ext3 took forever

May 7th, 2009, 02:42 PM
hi i have an external hard drive WD 320 GB i made 2 partition 100 and 200 and on the 200 i used to have NTFS partition. but recently i couldn't copy large size files and someone told me to change to ext3. the problem happened when i formated the drive either with gparted and from terminal (mk2fs) it took forever. I tried to find on forum and someone mention about formating 500Gb took 4 hours but it had been 8 hours and not done yet. is there any quick format or maybe my external harddrive broke?

May 7th, 2009, 03:59 PM
resizing partitions can take hours, but reformat takes a matter of seconds on my 36gig hard drives...sounds like trouble to me...