[all variants] ext3 Format an external HDD very slow

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I am using GParted on Ubuntu 9.04 to format an external 320G USB2 hard drive to the ext3 file system. So far it has taken a really long time (more than 5 hours) and there is no progress indicator. Is this normal? Should I cancel? My research shows that people who have cancelled have created lots of other problems. Your experience would be appreciated! (Hardware)