[SOLVED] What are the right commands to reformat a drive in Ubuntu?

I moved this drive from a previous Windows build to a new Ubuntu build and here’s what the drive looks like when mounted:

$ sudo lsblk -l
sdl         8:176  0   3.7T  0 disk 
sdl1        8:177  0    16M  0 part 
sdl2        8:178  0   3.7T  0 part $MOUNT_DIR

$ sudo blkid
/dev/sdl1: PARTLABEL="Microsoft reserved partition" PARTUUID="$PARTITION_ID"
/dev/sdl2: LABEL="$LABEL" UUID="$UUID" TYPE="ntfs" PARTLABEL="Basic data partition" PARTUUID="$ANOTHER_PARTITION_ID"

$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sdl: 3.65 TiB, 4000787030016 bytes, 7814037168 sectors
Disk model: ST4000VN008-2DR1
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: $DISK_IDENTIFIER

Device     Start        End    Sectors  Size Type
/dev/sdl1     34      32767      32734   16M Microsoft reserved
/dev/sdl2  32768 7814033407 7814000640  3.7T Microsoft basic data

Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary.

Luckily I have a new 8TB drive I can use to copy the data and re-provision this drive.

I think I can use mkfs to format the partition but I think I only want to do that after (I’ve wiped the drive and) I’ve deleted the partitions created by Windows? How can I do that?


Thank you for the link!