Support for hard drives > 2 TB?

Bruce Cran bruce at
Sat Dec 4 01:18:03 UTC 2010

On Fri, 3 Dec 2010 18:12:58 -0600
Josh Paetzel <josh at> wrote:

> Sure.  FreeBSD supports installing to and booting from GPT labeled
> disks that don't suffer from the 2TB size limitation that fdisk
> imposes.  The caveat is that very few systems have a BIOS that can
> boot from a GPT labeled drive.  So regardless of your OS, you may
> still have issues.

That's why we have the Protective MBR that allows a 'legacy' BIOS to
boot from GPT. I'm not sure if you can boot past the 2TB point with it

Bruce Cran

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