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Re: Format ext3 hard drives

On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 7:19 PM, Greg Madden <gomadtroll@gci.net> wrote:
> On Tuesday 22 March 2011 02:42:36 pm Dan wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am using the netinst to install Debian. I have one hard drive of
>> 160GB and 2 hard drives of 2TB. Each hard drive has a ext3 partition
>> for the whole drive. I used ext3 instead of ext4, because that is the
>> default value in Squeeze.
>> The netinst is creating the ext3 partitions but it is taking for ever.
>> I think it has done the 160GB partition and now it is doing the 2TB
>> partition. The progress bar has shown 33% of the process for 2 hours.
>> Is this normal? Does it take so long to format a 2TB partition. I
>> would expect that the progress bar should move with the time.
>> Thanks,
>> Daniel
> Not sure about the initial format but all subsequent  fsck take lots of time with
> ext3, esp 2 TB. i would switch to ext4,you can do this during the netinstall,
> high light ( press enter) on the file system entry and a pop up screen appears
> with more file system choices.

That is right the fsck takes very long time. I think that the
installer should show the status of the fsck. Otherwise it is not
possible to know if something is wrong or it is just doing the fsck.


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