Add a filesystem to Big Disk

After ordering your Big Disk you'll need to add a filesystem to your Big Disk. You can follow the steps below to add a filesystem.

 

Linux based OS EXT4 partition:

If necessary install parted.

yum install parted

Or

apt-get install parted

Use parted to list existing partitions and find your unpartitioned Big Disk.

parted -l

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Create a partition label.

parted /dev/vdc mklabel gpt

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Create a partition.

 

parted -a opt /dev/vdc mkpart primary ext4 4MB 100%

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Use the lsblk tool to view your newly created partition.

lsblk

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The final step is to create a file system and add it to your fstab.

mkfs.ext4 -L bigdisk /dev/vdc1

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blkid /dev/vdc1

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Create a mount point.

mkdir /mnt/MyBigDisk

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Now go ahead and add your new fstab entry.

vi /etc/fstab

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Manually mount your Big Disk.

mount -a

df -h

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Linux based OS LVM:

Install parted and lvm2 if necessary.

Or

apt-get install lvm2 parted

List your partitions to find your unpartitioned Big Disk.

parted -l

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Next step is to create a Physical Volume.

pvcreate /dev/vdc

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Next step is to create a Volume Group.

vgcreate MyVolumeGroup /dev/vdc

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Now we are going to create a Logical Volume.

lvcreate -n MyLogicalVolume -l 100%FREE MyVolumeGroup

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The final step is to create a file system and add it to your fstab.

mkfs.ext4 /dev/MyVolumeGroup/MyLogicalVolume

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blkid /dev/MyVolumeGroup/MyLogicalVolume

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mkdir /mnt/MyBigDisk

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Now go ahead and add your new fstab entry.

vi /etc/fstab

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Manually mount your Big Disk.

mount -a

df -h

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Windows based OS:

Open the Windows Disk Management utility and initialise your Big Disk. Make sure you choose GPT to overcome MBR limitations such as a maximum addressable storage space of a disk to 2 TB.

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The next step is to select your new un-configured disk and create one or more partitions.

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