This is the second on the Linux tips series, recently I tried formatting my external hard drive in Linux to NTFS. Used a LUKS container of course, and used this command to start the process:
but then my terminal showed my this after running the above command:
The above command was taking a long time to complete, more than one hour had elapsed and the process was still at 59%.
According to mkfs.ntfs manual page, to do a quick format on an NTFS partition (similar to the quick format option in Windows), the -f or -Q option can be used which would skip zeroing of the partition being formatted and also disables error checking.