Setting up new hard drives

Ensure the new drive is seen by the operating system by using any of the following:

tail -f /var/log/messages
ls /dev/sd*
lsscsi (need to install)
lshw (need to install)

Confirm that it is the correct drive:

fdisk -l /dev/sdf      -> You should see a drive w/o any partitions and the correct size

Make a partition on the drive

parted -a optimal /dev/sdf     --> aligns the partition to the nearest boundary. Optimizes drive.
mklabel
gpt          --> Needed to use large disks over 2TB
mkpart
no name
Type: xfs
Start: 0%
End: 100%
​quit

Format the drive

mkfs.xfs -L volname /dev/sdf1    -> The volname is useful to mount partitions by label ie: LABEL=volname

References:

http://askubuntu.com/questions/201164/proper-alignment-of-partitions-on-an-advanced-format-hdd-using-parted

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