Filesystems bigger than 1TB.... possible?

Brooks Davis brooks at
Wed Feb 18 09:58:57 PST 2004

On Wed, Feb 18, 2004 at 10:11:10AM +0000, Baldur Gislason wrote:
> I've ran into problems using growfs to grow filesystems above 1TB,
> is it possible at all to have filesystems this big or am I forced to
> split things up?

[9:56am] brooks at nmirror (/usr/mirror/scripts): uname -m -r -s
FreeBSD 5.2-CURRENT i386
[9:56am] brooks at nmirror (/usr/mirror/scripts): df -h /mirrors
Filesystem     Size   Used  Avail Capacity  Mounted on
/dev/twed0s2   1.8T   935G   772G    55%    /mirrors

sysinstall can't create MBR partitions larger then around 1TB, but you
can install the OS on a small partition leaving the reset unallocated
and then use the fdisk utility to create a large partition.

In practice, you need 5.x to make this work.

-- Brooks

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