Okay, so I originally ordered the Home Edition
, but as the store didn't have that they gave me this Studio Edition
at the same price (they're almost identical, just the colour and FireWire speeds are different, oh, and the Studio is formated for Mac).
Anyways, I wanted to use EXT3 for the drive, so I installed Ext2 Installable File System for Windows
on my Windows box, and formatted the drive on my laptop (currently running Ubuntu 7.10).
When I looked at the drive after formatting it, it struck me that some of it had gone missing somewhere... df -h
repported that the drive was 917G
big but only 871G
But then I came across this great page: Recovering reserved space in ext2 and ext3 filesystems
which explains that 5% are reserved for the root user and that you can use tune2fs
to make that space available to other users!
As I'm only using the drive for data storage, there's no need for reserving data for root.
So a quick command later: tune2fs -m 0 /dev/sdb1
And I now had 917G
free space, nice!
As a bonus, it even looks like WD's Drive Manager Status utility in Windows works with the ETX3 file system, and shows the used space on the drives LED array!