After installing the drive, check that the BIOS detected your new drive with the correct size.
Also check the device has been detected by linux and identify the device name.
root@turtle:~# ls /dev/sd* /dev/sda /dev/sda1 /dev/sda2 /dev/sda5 /dev/sdb
This shows a hard drive 'sda' with existing partitions sda1, sda2 and sda5. It also shows a hard drive 'sdb', but with no partitions detected. The new hard drive will have no partitions, so we can identify it as device 'sdb'.
root@turtle:~# fdisk /dev/sdb Device contains neither a valid DOS partition table, nor Sun, SGI or OSF disklabel Building a new DOS disklabel with disk identifier 0xbe043269. Changes will remain in memory only, until you decide to write them. After that, of course, the previous content won't be recoverable. Warning: invalid flag 0x0000 of partition table 4 will be corrected by w(rite) WARNING: The size of this disk is 3.0 TB (3000592982016 bytes). DOS partition table format can not be used on drives for volumes larger than (2199023255040 bytes) for 512-byte sectors. Use parted(1) and GUID partition table format (GPT). The device presents a logical sector size that is smaller than the physical sector size. Aligning to a physical sector (or optimal I/O) size boundary is recommended, or performance may be impacted. Command (m for help): q
It tells us to use parted with GPT format instead.
Create a partition using GPT format. I've chosen to use just 1 large partition that uses the whole disk.
root@turtle:~# parted /dev/sdb GNU Parted 2.3 Using /dev/sdb Welcome to GNU Parted! Type 'help' to view a list of commands. (parted) print Error: /dev/sdb: unrecognised disk label (parted) mklabel gpt (parted) mkpart Partition name? ? File system type? [ext2]? ext3 Start? 0% End? 100% (parted) print Model: ATA ST3000DM001-1CH1 (scsi) Disk /dev/sdb: 3001GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B Partition Table: gpt Number Start End Size File system Name Flags 1 1049kB 3001GB 3001GB (parted) quit Information: You may need to update /etc/fstab.
root@turtle:~# ls /dev/sd* /dev/sda /dev/sda1 /dev/sda2 /dev/sda5 /dev/sdb /dev/sdb1
The new partition 'sdb1' has appeared.
I'm using the ext3 file system. Use mkfs to format the drive
root@turtle:~# mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1 mke2fs 1.42 (29-Nov-2011) Filesystem label= OS type: Linux Block size=4096 (log=2) Fragment size=4096 (log=2) Stride=0 blocks, Stripe width=0 blocks 183148544 inodes, 732566272 blocks 36628313 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user First data block=0 Maximum filesystem blocks=0 22357 block groups 32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group 8192 inodes per group Superblock backups stored on blocks: 32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208, 4096000, 7962624, 11239424, 20480000, 23887872, 71663616, 78675968, 102400000, 214990848, 512000000, 550731776, 644972544 Allocating group tables: done Writing inode tables: done Creating journal (32768 blocks): done Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done