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 NAS4Free.
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
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 NAS4Free erases 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 formatting a Software RAID.
The shown settings vary depending on the Filesystem you selected above.
After clicking “Format disk”, NAS4Free instantly starts erasing and formating the disk.
Deleting MBR and partition table…
1+0 records in
1+0 records out
512 bytes transferred in 0.001545 secs (331402 bytes/sec)
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!