FreeBSD and large harddrives

Bruce Cran bruce at
Thu Nov 18 13:02:26 UTC 2010

On Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:51:13 +0000
Bruce Cran <bruce at> wrote:

> There's a guide to installing FreeBSD on zfs at
> . Note that even if you
> have a 'legacy' BIOS you can still use GPT - if you use the MBR scheme
> you'll be limited to a maximum partition of 2TB.

To answer the question - you use gpart to partition the drive and zpool
to format it. e.g. for a single disk with no zraid:

gpart create -s gpt devicenode
gpart add -t freebsd-zfs -l label devicenode

zpool create poolname /dev/gpt/label

Bruce Cran

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