Re: 3TB disk hassles

From: Mark Watts
Date: Thu Dec 16 2004 - 10:32:28 EST

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> Howdy...
> After much banging of heads on walls, I am throwing in the towel and
> asking the experts ;-) ... To cut a long story short:
> Is it possible to make a 3TB disk work properly in Linux?
> Our "disk" is 12x300GB in RAID5 (with 1 hot-spare) on a 3ware 9500-S12,
> so it's actually 2.7TiB ish. It's also /dev/sda - i.e., the one and
> only disk in the system.
> Problems are arising due to the 32-bit-ness of normal partition tables.
> I can use parted to make a 2.7TB partition (sda4), and
> /proc/partitions looks fine until a reboot, whereupon the top bits are
> lost and the big partition looks like a 700GB partition instead of a
> 2.7TB one; this is a bad thing ;-)
> I've had my hopes raised by GPT, but after more reading it appears this
> doesn't work on vanilla x86 PCs.
> Tips gratefully received.
> Neil
> PS: not on-list; I'll be reading the real-time archivers, but CCs of
> any replies would be appreciated.

Are you sure your card supports creating a single volume in excess of 2TB?
Some cards have such a limit, although you can create many 2TB volumes on the
same card.


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Mark Watts
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