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This menu is used to format or reformat a harddisks.Also it is used to update the Metadata. The example below wil format a harddisk to UFS (Unix Filesystem), that nativ filesystem of XigmaNAS.

Formating a disk will erase all your data - Double check if you select the correct drive!!!!

To format a disk following Information is needed:

Disk - Select the Disk you want to format

File system - Select the File system you want to use

  • UFS - The native Files System of XigmaNAS
  • FAT - Filesystem from Microsoft
  • EXT2 - old Linux File System
  • Software RAID - Choose this if you want to create a RAID-Array
  • ZFS - storage pool device for creating a Zpool

Volume label - Enter the Name of your Drive or Volume

Minimum free Space - Diskspace reserved for The root user. This reserved space prevent user from overfilling the filesystem. A full filesystem can result in a unstable/unusable system. If unsure keep the settings as is. Default is 8%

Don't Erase MBR - By default XigmaNAS erase the complete Disk including the Master Boot Record. Some Hardware RAID-Controller don't like this so you can disabling erasing the MBR here. This setting is not necessary for formating a Software RAID.

The shown settings vary depending on the Filesystem you selected above.

After klicking “Format disk” XigmaNAS instandly start erasing and formating the disk.

The output is similar to this:
Deleting MBR and partition table…
1+0 records in
1+0 records out
512 bytes transferred in 0.001545 secs (331402 bytes/sec)
Creating partition…
Creating filesystem with 'Soft Updates'…
/dev/ad6p1: 2048.0MB (4194236 sectors) block size 16384, fragment size 2048
using 12 cylinder groups of 183.77MB, 11761 blks, 23552 inodes.
with soft updates
super-block backups (for fsck -b #) at:
160, 376512, 752864, 1129216, 1505568, 1881920, 2258272, 2634624, 3010976,
3387328, 3763680, 4140032 Done!
documentation/setup_and_user_guide/disks_format.txt · Last modified: 2018/10/02 13:26 by zoon01