[Mageia-discuss] Can't I use a 3TB disk?

Marc Paré marc at marcpare.com
Sat Feb 23 22:30:22 CET 2013

Le 2013-02-22 17:28, David W. Hodgins a écrit :
>> I am just curious, as I was looking at 2TB drives yesterday. Not that I
>> am planning on buying a 3TB drive, but, is there a reason why Mageia
>> can't partition a 3TB drive?
> The sector numbers in the partition table in the dos style mbr are limited
> to 32 bits.  With 512 byte sectors, that means sectors past 2TB cannot be
> specified.
> Using drives larger than 2TB either means using larger sectors, or a
> different style of partitioning, such as a GUID Partition Table, aka
> gpt.
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_boot_record
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table
> The partitioning tool used in the installer, diskdrake currently only
> works with dos style mbr partitioning.
> Regards, Dave Hodgins

Thanks for the info and thanks to all of the rest of the people and 
answers after this as well.

It's nice to know.

While I think of it. Is Mageia considering doing anything about this? I 
saw 3TB and 4TB disks on the shelves.


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