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First, find out the size of the disk by typing the following command:

fdisk -l /dev/sdb

Then, to create a partition start GNU parted as follows:

parted /dev/sdb

Creates a new GPT disklabel i.e. partition table:

(parted) mklabel gpt

Next, set the default unit to TB, enter:

(parted) unit TB

To create a 3TB partition size, enter:

(parted) mkpart primary 0.00TB 3.00TB

To print the current partitions, enter:

(parted) print

Quit and save the changes, enter:

(parted) quit

Use the mkfs.ext3 or mkfs.ext4 command to format the file system, enter:

# mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb1


# mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdb1
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