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NAME

       mkntfs - create an NTFS file system

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 ] [ -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
       system 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).

       -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 a default  of  0
              is used. Note that 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 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.

       -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.

   Output options
       -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.

       --debug
              Really verbose execution; includes the verbose output  from  the
              -v  option  as  well  as  additional output useful for debugging
              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:
       linux-ntfs-dev@lists.sourceforge.net

AUTHORS

       mkntfs  was  written by Anton Altaparmakov, Richard Russon, Erik Sornes
       and Szabolcs Szakacsits.

AVAILABILITY

       mkntfs is part of the ntfsprogs package and is available from:
       http://www.linux-ntfs.org/content/view/19/37

       The manual pages are available online at:
       http://man.linux-ntfs.org/

SEE ALSO

       badblocks(8), ntfsprogs(8)