large RAID volume partition strategy

Darren Pilgrim phi at
Wed Aug 29 10:41:19 PDT 2007

Vivek Khera wrote:
> On Aug 17, 2007, at 10:44 PM, Ivan Voras wrote:
>> fdisk and bsdlabels both have a limit: because of the way they  
>> store the
>> data about the disk space they span, they can't store values that
>> reference space > 2 TB. In particular, every partition must start  
>> at an
>> offset <= 2 TB, and cannot be larger than 2 TB.
> Oh... one more note: if I don't use fdisk or paritions, I *can* newfs  
> the raw drive much bigger than 2Tb.  I just don't want to do that for  
> a production box. :-)

Or you can use GPT, which uses 64-bit data structures and thus has an 8 
ZB limit.

Darren Pilgrim

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