Every single time I format a new HDD (few times a year), this popup gets me:

It defaults to MBR (why?), yet research would indicate that GPT is the smarter option.

I did the research so you don’t have to.

Without any of the technical backstory (seriously, we don’t actually care), here’s your decision process:

If you’re formatting removable media, i.e. a USB stick, pick MBR

You cannot use the GPT partition style on removable media.

If you’re formatting a boot drive for a modern OS (Win7, Win10, etc), pick GPT

You should use GPT unless you’re building a machine to run old OS’s on purpose.

If you’re formatting a drive larger than 2TB, pick GPT

GPT is also required for disks larger than two terabytes (TB).

In April 2018, after a ~12 month search, I finally found the right EV: a 2013 Nissan Leaf ‘G’ spec with 10 bars of battery remaining.

(Reasons for this particular decision to be expanded upon…)

I flew to Auckland, met the previous owner at the Manakau ABS Centre (intending to do a quick charge, not realising that a) it was a slow charger b) it was broken), and picked up the car. Money was exchanged, and I was off on my drive back to Wellington.

Normally I’d drive Auckland <> Wellington with a couple of quick breaks. Given I was stopping hourly for a charge, I had some chunks of time to write a short story of my adventure. I used a twitter thread. Here it is.