[clug] Dumb user question: 2+TB disks, MBR & BIOS...

Hal Ashburner hal at ashburner.info
Wed Jan 2 00:23:41 MST 2013

I don't recall too well as it's about a year ago or so.
I think I just naively ran cfdisk on it selected 83 (Linux) as the single
partition type, let it default to the full size, then ran mkfs.ext4 on the
partition like it was any other disk.

I'm pretty sure I'm using more than 2 TB of it now.

On 2 January 2013 18:08, Brett Worth <brett at worth.id.au> wrote:

> On 02/01/13 17:18, Hal Ashburner wrote:
>> Plugged a 3TB usb drive into the box. Formatted it to ext4 and started
>> using it. Didn't know there might be an issue with that and didn't find
>> one. Haven't tried to boot of it though.
> Hal,
> Did you partition that drive?  This is a bit of a grey area.  i.e. should
> I be just using drives with a 4K block size (The Microsoft Windows
> approach) or should I be using a GPT partition table?
> I've only every gone the GPT route but I've also never tried using a >2TB
> drive  to boot from.  Obviously I've never tried to boot from a GPT
> partitioned drive.
> Also the 4K block size approach only gets you to 16TB.  We'll be using
> drives that size in a fortnight or two.
> Brett
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