How to Quick Format NTFS Drives in Linux

This is the second on the Linux tips series, recently I tried formatting my external hard drive in Linux to NTFS. Used a LUKS container of course, and used this command to start the process:

sudo mkfs.ntfs /dev/mapper/luks-xxxxxxxxxxx

but then my terminal showed my this after running the above command:

Cluster size has been automatically set to 4096 bytes
Initializing device with zeroes

The above command was taking a long time to complete, more than one hour had elapsed and the process was still at 59%.

According to mkfs.ntfs manual page, to do a quick format on an NTFS partition (similar to the quick format option in Windows), the -f or -Q option can be used which would skip zeroing of the partition being formatted and also disables error checking.

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