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Old 01-19-2016, 06:46 PM   #1
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How To Reformat A NTFS Disk Mount In A Redhat 7.1 Server


Dear all,

I've have a 4 TB NTFS disk mounted to a Redhat 7.1 Server.

I've created a partition

Code:
fdisk -l /dev/sdi
WARNING: fdisk GPT support is currently new, and therefore in an experimental phase. Use at your own discretion.

Disk /dev/sdi: 4398.0 GB, 4398046511104 bytes, 8589934592 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk label type: gpt


#         Start          End    Size  Type            Name
 1      2000896   8589844479      4T  Microsoft basic logical
next I reformat it to a ext3 filesystem using the following command:

Code:
nohup /usr/sbin/mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdi1 &
after 12 hours later,

when I type the following command:

Code:
df -T /dev/sdi
Filesystem     Type     1K-blocks  Used Available Use% Mounted on
devtmpfs       devtmpfs  16381680     0  16381680   0% /dev
something is really wrong because it is supposed to be ext3 and not devtmpfs


this is my nohup log

Code:
mke2fs 1.42.9 (28-Dec-2013)
Filesystem label=
OS type: Linux
Block size=4096 (log=2)
Fragment size=4096 (log=2)
Stride=0 blocks, Stripe width=0 blocks
268378112 inodes, 1073480448 blocks
53674022 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user
First data block=0
Maximum filesystem blocks=4294967296
32761 block groups
32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group
8192 inodes per group
Superblock backups stored on blocks: 
	32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208, 
	4096000, 7962624, 11239424, 20480000, 23887872, 71663616, 78675968, 
	102400000, 214990848, 512000000, 550731776, 644972544

Allocating group tables:     0/32761 3071/3276130658/32761           done                            
Writing inode tables:     0/32761  405/32761  823/32761 1234/32761 1651/32761 2106/32761 2569/32761 2803/32761 2956/32761 3068/32761 3157/32761 3231/32761 3291/32761 3343/32761 3389/32761 3428/32761 3461/32761 3492/32761 3521/32761 3549/32761 3574/32761 3599/32761 3623/32761 3647/32761 3671/32761 3694/32761 3717/32761 3741/32761 3767/32761 3796/32761 3824/32761 3853/32761 3884/32761 3915/32761 3946/32761 3977/32761 4009/32761 4042/32761 4075/32761 4111/32761 4146/32761 4181/32761 4216/32761 4252/32761 4287/32761 4324/32761 4363/32761 4400/32761 4437/32761 4476/32761 4515/32761 4554/32761 4592/32761 4631/32761 4668/32761 4706/32761 4743/32761 4780/32761 4816/32761 4851/32761 4890/32761 4928/32761 4967/32761 5005/32761 5044/32761 5082/32761 5121/32761 5159/32761 5198/32761 5237/32761 5277/32761 5316/32761 5354/32761 5393/32761 5431/32761 5470/32761 5508/32761 5547/32761 5585/32761 5621/32761 5656/32761 5693/32761 5729/32761 5763/32761 5797/32761 5832/32761 5869/32761 5907/32761 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          done                            
Creating journal (32768 blocks): done
Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information:     0/32761           done
would appreciate if someone could tell me what I should done to make the filesystem ext3.

thanks in advance
 
Old 01-19-2016, 06:59 PM   #2
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Dear all,

I've have a 4 TB NTFS disk mounted to a Redhat 7.1 Server.
I believe your first issue is that you are using fdisk to work with large partitions. Fdisk cannot work with anything above 2 TB, so you'll have to use parted.

Try that first and that should fix the issue.
 
Old 01-19-2016, 07:05 PM   #3
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Yes I did use parted,

I follow http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/fdisk-...eater-2tb.html

but after I run mkfs.ext3 in the background for about 12 hours later, I found that the filesystem is devtmps, which is wrong.

why is this so?

what should I do to make the filesystem to ext3.

I'm using Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7.1 (Maipo)

Code:
cat /etc/os-release
NAME="Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server"
VERSION="7.1 (Maipo)"
ID="rhel"
ID_LIKE="fedora"
VERSION_ID="7.1"
PRETTY_NAME="Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7.1 (Maipo)"
ANSI_COLOR="0;31"
CPE_NAME="cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7.1:GA:server"
HOME_URL="https://www.redhat.com/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugzilla.redhat.com/"

REDHAT_BUGZILLA_PRODUCT="Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7"
REDHAT_BUGZILLA_PRODUCT_VERSION=7.1
REDHAT_SUPPORT_PRODUCT="Red Hat Enterprise Linux"
REDHAT_SUPPORT_PRODUCT_VERSION="7.1"
many thanks in advance
 
Old 01-19-2016, 07:08 PM   #4
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Yes I did use parted,

I follow http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/fdisk-...eater-2tb.html

but after I run mkfs.ext3 in the background for about 12 hours later, I found that the filesystem is devtmps, which is wrong.

why is this so?

what should I do to make the filesystem to ext3.

I'm using Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7.1 (Maipo)

Code:
cat /etc/os-release
NAME="Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server"
VERSION="7.1 (Maipo)"
ID="rhel"
ID_LIKE="fedora"
VERSION_ID="7.1"
PRETTY_NAME="Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 7.1 (Maipo)"
ANSI_COLOR="0;31"
CPE_NAME="cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:7.1:GA:server"
HOME_URL="https://www.redhat.com/"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugzilla.redhat.com/"

REDHAT_BUGZILLA_PRODUCT="Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7"
REDHAT_BUGZILLA_PRODUCT_VERSION=7.1
REDHAT_SUPPORT_PRODUCT="Red Hat Enterprise Linux"
REDHAT_SUPPORT_PRODUCT_VERSION="7.1"
many thanks in advance
What size do you want your partition? EXT3 is not recommended for anything above 2 TB. You should go with either XFS or ext4 for anything larger then 2 TB.
 
Old 01-19-2016, 07:10 PM   #5
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df only shows information about mounted filesystems, you can't use it in the way you do it.
 
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df only shows what is mounted - and certainly won't show a device node if it is partitioned.
As a side note ext4 is a much better option, and will format much faster.
 
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Dear JockVSJock, 4 TB is my partition size. what should I do next to reformat to 4 TB. Btw, is there any issue writing from a ext4 system to ext3 system?

Dear TobiSGD, then what command should I use to check unmounted filesystem?

many thanks in advance!

Last edited by redhatwannabe; 01-19-2016 at 07:20 PM.
 
Old 01-19-2016, 07:25 PM   #8
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To view what is mounted, type the following:

Code:
mount
You can always look at /etc/fstab to see other partitions that didn't mount.

If all you want to do is create a 4 TB and reform it with xfs or ext4, then just use gpt or parted on it. Backup your data before doing anything...
 
Old 01-19-2016, 07:51 PM   #9
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[...]then what command should I use to check unmounted filesystem? [...]
Please, try either:

Code:
blkid
or
Code:
lsblk -f
 
Old 01-21-2016, 10:16 PM   #10
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before reformatting to xfs,

Code:
 lsblk -f /dev/sdi
NAME   FSTYPE LABEL UUID                                 MOUNTPOINT
sdi
└─sdi1 ext3         b1481d82-b76d-4008-8a6b-b0a888a9ad64

reformating

Code:
nohup mkfs.xfs -f /dev/sdi1 &

after reformating

Code:
lsblk -f /dev/sdi
NAME   FSTYPE LABEL UUID                                 MOUNTPOINT
sdi
└─sdi1 xfs          33ebb183-802d-42f7-bb38-582199ebd2ba
but fdisk -l tell another story

Code:
fdisk -l /dev/sdi
WARNING: fdisk GPT support is currently new, and therefore in an experimental phase. Use at your own discretion.

Disk /dev/sdi: 4398.0 GB, 4398046511104 bytes, 8589934592 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk label type: gpt


#         Start          End    Size  Type            Name
 1      2000896   8589844479      4T  Microsoft basic logical
May I know what's wrong? Do I need to repartition the disk before reformatting the disk.

and how do I now if the xfs reformatting is complete?


this is currently my nohup.log

Code:
meta-data=/dev/sdi1              isize=256    agcount=4, agsize=268370112 blks
         =                       sectsz=512   attr=2, projid32bit=1
         =                       crc=0        finobt=0
data     =                       bsize=4096   blocks=1073480448, imaxpct=5
         =                       sunit=0      swidth=0 blks
naming   =version 2              bsize=4096   ascii-ci=0 ftype=0
log      =internal log           bsize=4096   blocks=521728, version=2
         =                       sectsz=512   sunit=0 blks, lazy-count=1
realtime =none                   extsz=4096   blocks=0, rtextents=0
thanks and many thanks
 
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You do not need to partition this disk at all - for a single filesystem just create it on /dev/sdi.
 
Old 01-21-2016, 11:00 PM   #12
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is formatting to xfs complete based on the nohup log

Code:

meta-data=/dev/sdi1              isize=256    agcount=4, agsize=268370112 blks
         =                       sectsz=512   attr=2, projid32bit=1
         =                       crc=0        finobt=0
data     =                       bsize=4096   blocks=1073480448, imaxpct=5
         =                       sunit=0      swidth=0 blks
naming   =version 2              bsize=4096   ascii-ci=0 ftype=0
log      =internal log           bsize=4096   blocks=521728, version=2
         =                       sectsz=512   sunit=0 blks, lazy-count=1
realtime =none                   extsz=4096   blocks=0, rtextents=0
why is there a discrepancy betwween fdisk -l output and lsbllk -f ?

this is saying microsoft
Code:
fdisk -l /dev/sdi
WARNING: fdisk GPT support is currently new, and therefore in an experimental phase. Use at your own discretion.

Disk /dev/sdi: 4398.0 GB, 4398046511104 bytes, 8589934592 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk label type: gpt


#         Start          End    Size  Type            Name
 1      2000896   8589844479      4T  Microsoft basic logical


this is saying xfs
Code:
lsblk -f /dev/sdi
NAME   FSTYPE LABEL UUID                                 MOUNTPOINT
sdi
└─sdi1 xfs          33ebb183-802d-42f7-bb38-582199ebd2ba
many thanks in advance!
 
Old 01-21-2016, 11:26 PM   #13
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There are no discrepancy between fdisk -l output and lsblk -f. They are two different tools. They are not giving you comparable information. fdisk -l is not telling you anything about the filesystem, nor the UUID like lsblk did. Do not ask a disk partitioning to tell you about filesystem. A filesystem lays on top of partitions.

The nohup log contains the successful output of a normal formatting session, which you would had seen on your screen if you wouldn't had placed it in the background. In fact you can obtain that information anytime you want by issuing
Code:
xfs_info /dev/sdi1
By the way, the Type in fdisk is referring to the type of partition, not of filesystem. And Linux for the most part does not even care about what type of partition is set.

Last edited by Aia; 01-21-2016 at 11:38 PM.
 
Old 01-22-2016, 02:21 PM   #14
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if you NEED one partition of 4 TB
then ext3 is not the format you want
use ext4 or xfs and GPT and NOT a dos table
also it is better to use a live cd with parted ( i use the Gparted live cd )
and use that to format the drive
 
  


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