mkntfs


SYNOPSIS
       mkntfs [options] device [number-of-sectors]

       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
       ]

DESCRIPTION
       mkntfs  is  used  to  create an NTFS file system on a device (usually a
       disk partition) or file.  device is the special file  corresponding  to
       the  device (e.g /dev/hdXX).  number-of-sectors is the number of blocks
       on the device.  If omitted, mkntfs automagically figures the file  sys-
       tem size.

OPTIONS
       Below  is a summary of all the options that mkntfs accepts.  Nearly all
       options have two equivalent names.  The short name is preceded by - and
       the long name is preceded by --.  Any single letter options, that don't
       take an argument, can be combined into a single command, e.g.   -fv  is
       equivalent  to  -f  -v.   Long  named options can be abbreviated to any
       unique prefix of their name.

   Basic options
       -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.

   Advanced options
       -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 65536 bytes
              per cluster. If omitted, mkntfs uses 4096 bytes as  the  default
              cluster size.

              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).
              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 auto-
              matically and if that fails a default of 0 is  used.  Note  that
              heads  is  required for Windows to be able to boot from the cre-
              ated 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 multi-
              plier  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 following meaning:

              +--------------------------------+
              |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.
              mkntfs.

   Help options
       -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.

BUGS
       If you find a bug please send an email describing the  problem  to  the
       development team:
       ntfs-3g-devel@lists.sf.net

AUTHORS
       mkntfs  was  written by Anton Altaparmakov, Richard Russon, Erik Sornes
       and Szabolcs Szakacsits.  It was ported to ntfs-3g by Erik Larsson  and
       Jean-Pierre Andre.

AVAILABILITY
       mkntfs is part of the ntfs-3g package and is available from:
       http://www.tuxera.com/community/

SEE ALSO
       badblocks(8), ntfsprogs(8)



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