I got a new 1.5TB hard drive (Seagate ST31500341AS) for a Windows box. Of course, Windows spends all day trying to format it to NTFS and then after many hours of trying, falls over at the end.
I want to have an NTFS partition on there with as large a block size as possible, as it will only be used to store very large files (in the order of hundreds of megabytes each). The highest block size the Windows disk manager will let me choose is 64k.
GParted can create and format the partition successfully within seconds and it is usable from windows but it gives me no option for block size. Is there any way to customise this, either from the command line (fdisk, etc) or from gparted itself? I am comfortable with command line Linux, just not so comfortable with cylinders, sectors, etc.
In case it is useful, here's the fdisk -l:
I assume that 1500301910016 / 1465136001 = 1024 means that it is currently using 1k blocks.Code:
Disk /dev/sdb: 1500.3 GB, 1500301910016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 182401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x120aa019
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 182401 1465136001 7 HPFS/NTFS