Is there a util to easily format an empty hard drive (or convert an existing set of partitions) so the drive afterwards has:
See "example2" here for an illustration, specifically the red and orange portions.
I've partitioned a GPT & grub2 disk before manually, using
gdisk and whatnot, but it's the sort of job that seldom needs doing, so when it needs doing again 6 months later, I forget much of the method and wind up doing the steps in the wrong order.
What's wanted is not a partitioner as such,
gparted already does a good job there... more something to get a hard drive ready for
Linux preferred, but whatever works best...