I want to format my external hd to ext3 and only use knoppix live cds. I only have the hds for data storage. But there's a problem. When I create the partitions using qtparted and then format it with ext3, it has a 40gb partition of 2Gb at start and then after a reboot there is nothing shown in the same. And if I format with xfs, which I have done so far are only 256 kbs used. How can I partition the same manually by format command with ext3, without much space is consumed.