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Proper alignment of partitions on an Advanced Format HDD using Parted

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http://askubuntu.com – First I create a properly aligned partition in a new GPT table using parted by specifying percentages for start and end of the partition: # parted -a optimal /dev/sdb GNU Parted 2.3 Using /dev/sdb Welcome to GNU Parted! Type 'help' to view a list of commands. (parted) mktable gpt Warning: The existing disk label on /dev/sdb will be destroyed and all data on this disk will be lost. Do you want to continue? Yes/No? Y (parted) mkpart primary 0% 1% (parted) p Model: ATA WDC WD30EZRX-00M (scsi) Disk /dev/sdb: 3001GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B Partition Table: gpt Number Start E (HowTos)