Amount of disk space lost to formatting?

Jeff Garzik jgarzik at
Fri Apr 14 11:19:07 CDT 2006

On Fri, Apr 14, 2006 at 12:07:53PM -0400, Ron Waddell wrote:
> Use tune2fs to lower the amount of reserved space. I believe the default is 
> 5%.

Yep.  This is probably the poster's problem, indeed.

'tune2fs -m0 $dev' will fix it.

The reserved blocks eat MANY gigabytes.  The default is awful for modern
hundreds-of-gigabytes drives.

I've poked the e2fsprogs authors about this, without success.  So on my
500GB RAID1 partition, I reclaim 25GB from ext's stupidity with tune2fs.


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