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mkntfs [ -C ] [ -c cluster-size ] [ -F ] [ -f ] [ -H heads ] [ -h ] [ -I ] [ -L volume-label ] [ -l ] [ -n ] [ -p part-start-sect ] [ -Q ] [ -q ] [ -S sectors-per-track ] [ -s sector-size ] [ -T ] [ -U ] [ -V ] [ -v ] [ -z mft-zone-multiplier ] [ --debug ] device [ number-of-sectors ]
- -f, --fast, -Q, --quick
- Perform quick (fast) format. This will skip both zeroing of the volume and bad sector checking.
- -L, --label STRING
- Set the volume label for the filesystem.
- -C, --enable-compression
- Enable compression on the volume.
- -n, --no-action
- Causes mkntfs to not actually create a filesystem, but display what it would do if it were to create a filesystem. All steps of the format are carried out except the actual writing to the device.
- -c, --cluster-size BYTES
- Specify the size of clusters in bytes. Valid cluster size values are
powers of two, with at least 256, and at most 2097152 bytes (2MB) per
cluster. If omitted, mkntfs uses 4096 bytes as the default cluster
Note that the default cluster size is set to be at least equal to the sector size as a cluster cannot be smaller than a sector. Also, note that values greater than 4096 have the side effect that compression is disabled on the volume (due to limitations in the NTFS compression algorithm currently in use by Windows).
- -s, --sector-size BYTES
- Specify the size of sectors in bytes. Valid sector size values are 256, 512, 1024, 2048 and 4096 bytes per sector. If omitted, mkntfs attempts to determine the sector-size automatically and if that fails a default of 512 bytes per sector is used.
- -p, --partition-start SECTOR
- Specify the partition start sector. The maximum is 4294967295 (2^32-1). If omitted, mkntfs attempts to determine part-start-sect automatically and if that fails or the value is oversized, a default of 0 is used. The partition is usable despite a wrong value, however note that a correct part-start-sect is required for Windows to be able to boot from the created volume.
- -H, --heads NUM
- Specify the number of heads. The maximum is 65535 (0xffff). If omitted, mkntfs attempts to determine the number of heads automatically and if that fails a default of 0 is used. Note that heads is required for Windows to be able to boot from the created volume.
- -S, --sectors-per-track NUM
- Specify the number of sectors per track. The maximum is 65535 (0xffff). If omitted, mkntfs attempts to determine the number of sectors-per-track automatically and if that fails a default of 0 is used. Note that sectors-per-track is required for Windows to be able to boot from the created volume.
- -z, --mft-zone-multiplier NUM
- Set the MFT zone multiplier, which determines the size of the MFT zone to
use on the volume. The MFT zone is the area at the beginning of the volume
reserved for the master file table (MFT), which stores the on disk inodes
(MFT records). It is noteworthy that small files are stored entirely
within the inode; thus, if you expect to use the volume for storing large
numbers of very small files, it is useful to set the zone multiplier to a
higher value. Note, that the MFT zone is resized on the fly as required
during operation of the NTFS driver but choosing a good value will reduce
fragmentation. Valid values are 1, 2, 3 and 4. The values have the
MFT zone MFT zone size multiplier (% of volume size) 1 12.5% (default) 2 25.0% 3 37.5% 4 50.0%
- -T, --zero-time
- Fake the time to be 00:00:00 UTC, Jan 1, 1970 instead of the current system time. This is only really useful for debugging purposes.
- -U, --with-uuid
- Generate a random volume UUID.
- -I, --no-indexing
- Disable content indexing on the volume. (This is only meaningful on Windows 2000 and later. Windows NT 4.0 and earlier ignore this as they do not implement content indexing at all.)
- -F, --force
- Force mkntfs to run, even if the specified device is not a block special device, or appears to be mounted.
- -q, --quiet
- Quiet execution; only errors are written to stderr, no output to stdout occurs at all. Useful if mkntfs is run in a script.
- -v, --verbose
- Verbose execution.
- Really verbose execution; includes the verbose output from the -v option as well as additional output useful for debugging mkntfs.
- -V, --version
- Print the version number of mkntfs and exit.
- -l, --license
- Print the licensing information of mkntfs and exit.
- -h, --help
- Show a list of options with a brief description of each one.
Currently, mkntfs creates the uppercase table so that no warning is thrown by Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8. A warning may be thrown by other Windows versions, or if chkdsk is applied in succession on different Windows versions.
|January 2006||ntfs-3g 2021.8.22|