maybe i'm too stupid, but what's the command to format my external 2.5tb usb hdd to ext3? using
mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdc1 works, but only gives me 300gb of space allocated... where am i failing?
thanks in advance.
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and do the following in it:
mklabel gpt mkpart primary ext3 4MiB -1MiB quit
Only then try to format it:
As a side note: fsck on a 2.5TB partition will take a long long time, use ext4 if you can, jfs or xfs otherwise.
Are you using a master boot record partition table? If so, that could be the problem. MBR partition tables are only good up to 2 TB. Use GPT instead (GUID Partition Table, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table).