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I can't find a way to create a filesystem on one of my disks.

first i'm geting the following output:

[root@~]# mkfs.xfs /dev/sdb1
mkfs.xfs: /dev/sdb1 appears to contain a partition table (dos).
mkfs.xfs: Use the -f option to force overwrite.

after using -F flag:

[root@~]# mkfs.xfs -f /dev/sdb1
meta-data=/dev/sdb1              isize=256    agcount=32, agsize=22892696 blks
         =                       sectsz=512   attr=2
data     =                       bsize=4096   blocks=732566272, imaxpct=5
         =                       sunit=0      swidth=0 blks
naming   =version 2              bsize=4096   ascii-ci=0
log      =internal log           bsize=4096   blocks=357698, version=2
         =                       sectsz=512   sunit=0 blks, lazy-count=1
realtime =none                   extsz=4096   blocks=0, rtextents=0
**mkfs.xfs: libxfs_device_zero write failed: Input/output error**

/dev/sdb:

Disk /dev/sdb: 3001GB
 1      1049kB  3001GB  3001GB               primary

Linux:

Centos 6.3 Linux 1 2.6.32-279.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Fri Jun 22 12:19:21 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

what i've tried so far: recreating partition with parted rm 1

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Disk /dev/sdb: 3001GB 1 1049kB 3001GB 3001GB primary –  Crazy_Bash Oct 24 '12 at 20:26
    
Version of Linux and distribution? –  ewwhite Oct 24 '12 at 20:33
    
Centos 6.3 Linux 1 2.6.32-279.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Fri Jun 22 12:19:21 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux –  Crazy_Bash Oct 24 '12 at 20:36
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mkfs.xfs: libxfs_device_zero write failed: Input/output error

The message is very clear: it's a hardware problem. If it's a simple SATA or SAS drive, check connections, look dmesg for driver error messages. You could also give badblocks a try; my guess is that the disk is failing and needs to be replaced, plain and simple.

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Assuming this is a disk and you're interested in dedicating it entirely to an XFS filesystem...

I prefer fdisk, but my process look like this:

fdisk /dev/sdb
delete partitions with "d"
create new partition with "n"
write the partition table with "w"

Exit fdisk.

From here, you can create your XFS filesystem.

mkfs.xfs -f /dev/sdb1

Grab the UUID with blkid.

Add a mount in /etc/fstab.

UUID=c048a73f-2535-4edc-a1d2-ecc69d1558d4 /data  xfs     defaults 1 2
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fdisk doesn't support 3TB! –  Crazy_Bash Oct 24 '12 at 21:07
    
Oh, then use parted. The point is, you need to create your partitions, write the partition table, and then create your filesystems. –  ewwhite Oct 24 '12 at 21:08
    
I know this. it's not the first time i'm creating fs –  Crazy_Bash Oct 24 '12 at 21:14
    
Try this with a partition size smaller than 2TB... It may be an issue with the xfs_progs. –  ewwhite Oct 24 '12 at 21:16
    
i'm afraid maybe it's a hard drive failure –  Crazy_Bash Oct 24 '12 at 21:20
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