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Re: [K12OSN] Installing a 1TB Drive on Centos 5



On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 03:03:37PM -0700, Carl Keil wrote:
>>   Carl Keil wrote:
>>> Hey People,
>>>
>>> Is there anything special I need to do to install and format a 1TB  
>>> drive?  I installed a 500Gig drive on an older Fedora installation a  
>>> while ago and it wouldn't see the whole drive until I increased the  
>>> block size, I'm hoping I don't have to do that on this server.  Is a  
>>> 1TB drive basically plug and play on 32 bit Centos 5.
>>>
>>> Also, how would you fdisk and format it?  Would you do anything  
>>> special filesystem-wise?  I'm pretty new to >300 Gig drives.
>>> Thanks so much,
>>>
>>> ck
>>
>> Shouldn't be anything special necessary.  I routinely do 1TB and 2TB  
>> partitions on RAID arrays with CentOS and RHEL.  Your 1TB drive should  
>> be plug 'n' chug.
>>
>> Now, as to how to partition it, well, that depends on how you're going  
>> to use this drive on this system.  Can you give us any details on that  
>> so we can best advise you?
>>
>> --TP
>
> Well, I didn't want to get into specifics because this isn't exactly  
> educational.  I'm going to be using this drive as storage for MythTV  
> recordings.  So, mostly huge files bigger than 5Gigs each.
>
On my MythTV machine, ext3 takes quite a while to delete a file (due to the size).  I use JFS and it deletes files really quick.  XFS is supposed to be
almost as fast.

-Rob

> BTW - Here's what I'm talking about.  This doesn't look right to me.   
> First I fdisk I typed n for new partition, I selected primary, I  
> numbered it 1, then I took the defaults for first and end block.  Then I  
> hit "w" to write it to the partition table.  Then I did the following.   
> That looks like an awfully small partition to me.  What did I do wrong?
>
> Thanks,
>
> [root kitkat ~]# mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1
> mke2fs 1.39 (29-May-2006)
> Filesystem label=
> OS type: Linux
> Block size=4096 (log=2)
> Fragment size=4096 (log=2)
> 122109952 inodes, 244190000 blocks
> 12209500 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user
> First data block=0
> Maximum filesystem blocks=0
> 7453 block groups
> 32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group
> 16384 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
>
> Writing inode tables: done                           Creating journal 
> (32768 blocks): done
> Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done
>
> This filesystem will be automatically checked every 20 mounts or
> 180 days, whichever comes first.  Use tune2fs -c or -i to override.
> [root kitkat ~]# df /dev/sdb1
> Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
> -                       513468       124    513344   1% /dev
>
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