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    Partitioning a 4 Terra Disc

    I've added new disks before, but not getting far this time.

    I installed 4 tera drive. It is for data only.

    I ran gPartEd but don't seem to be able to get it allocate the drive. I would prefer to have the disk as 1 partition.

    I select Primary Partition, ext3, align to MiB

    I press add and see the new partition. It says it is an msdos poartition.

    When I "apply" I get a message that I have exceed the msdos partition-table-imposed maximum which seems to be about 2 tera.

    Is this indeed the limit?

    Thanks
    Menachem

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    Re: Partitioning a 4 Terra Disc

    Just tried again with palimpsest an received the following error message:

    Error creating partition: helper exited with exit code 1: In part_add_partition: device_file=/dev/sdc, start=0, size=4000787000000, type=0x83
    Entering MS-DOS parser (offset=0, size=4000787030016)
    MSDOS_MAGIC found
    looking at part 0 (offset 0, size 0, type 0x00)
    new part entry
    looking at part 1 (offset 0, size 0, type 0x00)
    new part entry
    looking at part 2 (offset 0, size 0, type 0x00)
    new part entry
    looking at part 3 (offset 0, size 0, type 0x00)
    new part entry
    Exiting MS-DOS parser
    MSDOS partition table detected
    containing partition table scheme = 0
    got it
    got disk
    new partition
    Error: partition length of 7814032002 sectors exceeds the msdos-partition-table-imposed maximum of 4294967295
    ped_disk_add_partition() failed
    Menachem

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    Re: Partitioning a 4 Terra Disc

    Gparted defaults to MBR(msdos) partitioning, you have to use gpt. I have not partitioned a large drive, but use gpt on several smaller drives.

    I used gparted and selected gpt under device, advanced & select gpt over msdos(MBR) default partitioning....

    Are you sure you want one large partition? If for movies or something that may make sense. But otherwise how are you planning on backing up. How long will filechecks either chkdsk for NTFS or e2fsck for ext4 take?

    MBR details including 2TiB limit and GPT link
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_boot_record


    GPT Advantages (older but still valid) srs5694 post #2:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1457901

    You can use gdisk and even if not partitioning with gdisk you should install it. You cannot use fdisk on gpt partitioned drives.


    GPT fdisk Tutorial -srs5694 in forums
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1439794
    http://www.rodsbooks.com/gdisk/
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    Re: Partitioning a 4 Terra Disc

    Thanks

    I set it up as 2 discs of 2 TB each.
    Menachem

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    Re: Partitioning a 4 Terra Disc

    Was that as a GPT then? Or MBR? If GPT I wonder why 2X instead of 1 big volume... the only reason I ask is because the prices on those 4TB drives are coming down, Newegg had one yesterday for $129.99.
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