Can partitions span more than one drive?

Nikos Vassiliadis nvass9573 at
Wed Aug 26 13:56:31 UTC 2009

RW wrote:
> On Wed, 26 Aug 2009 08:45:47 -0400
> John Almberg <jalmberg at> wrote:
>> Question: is it possible to just expand my existing /backup
>> partition to encompass both the current drive and the new drive? I'm
>> guessing not, since Chapter 8 in "Absolute FreeBSD" says that a
>> partition is part of a slice, 
> You can join 2 partitions into 1 with gconcat. OTOH that would wipe any
> existing data as you would need to put a new filesystem on the combined
> partition.

No, you can always use growfs to expand the filesystem.
But of course, the usual warnings apply, read carefully the
growfs manual...


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