Large file system creation

Brian McCann bjmccann at
Tue Apr 8 15:07:28 UTC 2008

That looks like what I need.  I've got a seperate 32GB array to boot
off of, so that's perfect.  Now to just read some man pages.  Thanks!


On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 9:30 AM, Erik Trulsson <ertr1013 at> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 08, 2008 at 08:39:48AM -0400, Brian McCann wrote:
>  > Hi all.  I'm trying to create a ~9TB partition on a new file server.
>  > I thought FreeBSD now supported this (I'm on 7.0), but I can't figure
>  > it out.  I go into sysinstall, create the partition in fdisk using "A
>  > = Use Entire Disk), write it to disk, exit sysinstall and re-run
>  > it...and sysinstall doesn't show what it showed before I exited last
>  > time.
>  >
>  > Can someone shed some light on what I'm doing wrong here?
>  >
>  The filesystem (UFS2) supports disks larger than 2TB, but fdisk(8) and
>  bsdlabel(8) (which are what sysinstall uses to partition the disk) do not
>  support disks larger than 2TB due to limitations in the on-disk format they
>  use.
>  You will need to use gpt(8) instead to partition your disk.
>  This cannot be done from sysinstall and you normally cannot boot from
>  a gpt(8)-partitioned disk due to lack of support in the BIOS of most PC.
>  --
>  <Insert your favourite quote here.>
>  Erik Trulsson
>  ertr1013 at

Brian McCann

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