Formatting external hard drive

Nio Wiklund nio.wiklund at
Mon Nov 2 19:53:37 UTC 2015

Den 2015-11-02 kl. 20:26, skrev Wilbert Heeringa:
> Dear everybody,
> I'm trying to format an external harddrive (Seagate Backup Plus 4 TB)
> with parted. When doing so, this results in an error message:
> /error fsyncing///closing//dev/sdf: /input///output error
> /
> Both gparted anddisk utility did not work either, butparted was the only
> program that gave a real error message.
> Does anyone have an idea how to proceed with this?
> Best,
> Wilbert

Hi Wilbert,

You need a GUID partition table, GPT (instead of the classical MSDOS
partition table) to manage drives with more than 2 TB.

I'm not sure if USB 2 can manage more than 2 TB. I know USB 3 and eSATA
can manage it.

Best regards

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