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running mke2fs with limited memory

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http://serverfault.com – I'm working on a computer with very little memory (128MB) - for my application I need to format large drives (4TB) I'm able to format greater than 2TB disks, up to about 2.5TB, but beyond that I'm given the below mke2fs 1.42-WIP (16-Oct-2011) /dev/sda1: Memory allocation failed while setting up superblock I realize I'm really out there in terms of reasonable - are there any tricks? (block sizes, etc) any idea how I can get very large disks to format? (HowTos)