Amount of disk space lost to formatting?

Kenneth Stevenson k.stevenson at
Thu Apr 20 05:04:04 CDT 2006

Mark Watts wrote:
>> 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.
> Is there a way to see the current reserved allocation?
> Mark

tune2fs -l $dev

the "Reserved block count:" item should be what you are after get your 
calculator out to determine what percentage that represents of the 
overall block count.


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