It seemed easy enough, I needed to save tons of backups and grabbed a couple of WD My Book Essentials 3TB external drives from a local store. Came home to start copying my files and spent the next 3 hours trying to format the damn things. Unsuccessfully.
I must warn you that although I have been using Linux for a long time, the last 2 years or so have been not very hard core and my skills must be rustier than I'd like to admit. I started using cfdisk at first, before realizing that something is fishy, looking up online and finding out that I should use parted instead for a drive this size.
I found this easy looking tutorial http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/fdisk-...eater-2tb.html and proceeded, only to have parted crash and burn on me when I issue command: mklabel gpt Some kind of stack error. Long error log. I fire up gparted instead and that refuses to open up at all, leaving, among other things, a message:
Warning: Device /dev/sdb has a logical sector size of 4096. Not all parts of GNU Parted support this at the moment, and the working code is HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL.
Not sure if that was the reason it crashed, but it's the only thing I could make sense of.
I'm running karmic, if that matters. Updated the system, restarted, did not help. Any ideas how to tackle this would be appreciated.