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    How to format large storage drives 12.04 ubuntu

    Hello

    I am going to format 2 1TB drives, 2TB drive and 3TB drive

    In the disk utility the section at the top format drive: Erase or Partion the drive has the options for Master boot record, GUID, Dont Partition, appl;e partition

    Which one do i use? My operating system is on a separate 500GB drive

    I will be Formating the volumes to EXT4 which I know how to do I think

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    Re: How to format large storage drives 12.04 ubuntu

    Hi nuffy47.

    In the case of disks which sizes are 1TB and 2TB, it not that important.

    However, MBR (or MSDOS) supports up to 2TB, so to fully take advantage of a 3TB disk you need to create a GPT partition table (GUID).

    Does that help? Let us know how it goes.
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    Re: How to format large storage drives 12.04 ubuntu

    Should I then just do them all with GUID?

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    Re: How to format large storage drives 12.04 ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by snuffy47 View Post
    Should I then just do them all with GUID?
    Sounds good to me

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    Re: How to format large storage drives 12.04 ubuntu

    I use gpt on all my new drives and first used it on my 160GB drive when installing 10.10. Once configured I have not really noticed any issues.

    If you ever would want to install Windows, Windows only boots from gpt drives with UEFI not BIOS. Ubuntu boots from gpt with either UEFI or BIOS.
    I do add an efi partition and a bios_grub partition to the start of all my gpt drives. Then I can boot Ubuntu with BIOS or UEFI as I have the needed extra partitions. It is hard to add partitions at the beginning of a drive when you have lots of data. Both are small efi - 250MB and bios_grub 1MB, so they do not really waste any space.

    I also believe every drive should have an operating system. I followed this blogs theories.
    Creating a Dedicated Knoppix Partition for large drives
    http://www.troubleshooters.com/linux..._partition.htm
    Except I have multiple Ubuntu installs and rotate newest install from drive to drive.
    Last edited by oldfred; April 24th, 2013 at 05:05 AM.
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    Re: How to format large storage drives 12.04 ubuntu

    Okay I like the information

    The Knoppix Partition Doc makes sense and I will noodle this alittle

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    Re: How to format large storage drives 12.04 ubuntu

    I prefer Ubuntu primarily since I know it, but it needs 10 to 25GB. I normally use 25GB, but even my working install with many apps and .wine with Picasa using 1.5GB, I only have used a total of 9GB. All data is in other partitions.
    But with new drives of TB capacities even 25GB is not much.
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