On 2013-11-15 13:53, Eddie G. O'Connor Jr. wrote:
On 11/15/2013 03:37 PM, Darlene Wallach wrote:
> linux guy,
> My name is Darlene Wallach. I purchased a 2T Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex
> Desk disk from Costco a few years ago. I finally set it up and found
> your very immensely helpful directions!
> Thank you very much!!!
> Darlene Wallach
> On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:33 PM, linux guy <linuxguy123(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> Today I bought 2 3 TB hard drives to use in my new server.
>> I'm writing this in case other people aren't aware that some of the
>> traditional hard drive management methods don't work for drives
>> larger than
>> 2 TB.
>> Specifically, fdisk and MSDOS type partition tables.
>> Here is how I created a single partition on my 3 TB drives.
>> Via parted.
>> #parted -a optimal /dev/sdb
>> (parted) rm 1 <- this removed the 2TB partition that fdisk made.
>> NOTE: fdisk has a 2 TB limit, apparently forced by MSDOS style partition
>> tables. Ever heard the story about how the width of a donkey ultimately
>> determined the diameter of the space shuttle ?
>> (parted) mklabel gpt <- this is NOT making a label for the drive.
>> parted" is your friend.
>> (parted) mkpart primary ext4 1 -1 <- this makes the partition
>> itself, using
>> the entire drive, which is what I wanted.
>> (parted) print
>> (parted) quit
>> # mkfs -text4 /dev/sdb1 <- this formats the partition
>> #e2label /dev/sdb1 myth <- this gives it a label, as used by mount in
>> fstab, ie "LABEL=..."
>> Via gparted.
>> It turns out that the whole process can be done from within gparted,
>> if you
>> know what you are doing.
>> The first thing you need to do is create the partition table.
>> IF you have used fdisk on the drive previously, the partition table
>> type is
>> going to MSDOS, which has the 2TB limit. If you continue with the MSDOS
>> partition table, gparted will allow you to select a 3TB partition to
>> but it will give you the following error:
>> partition length of 5860528002 sectors exceeds the
>> msdos-partition-table-imposed maximum of 4294967295
>> To get around this, select Advanced on the partition table options
>> and set the partition table type to gpt.
>> Then you can proceed as you normally would to partition a drive with
>> gparted. Ie add new partition(s), set the partition type, labels, etc.
>> At this point you have an ext4 formatted 3TB drive.
>> However, in F15 KDE at least, it doesn't seem to automount like a
>> drive with
>> an MSDOS partition table. The drive will not automatically appear in the
>> Places column in Dolphin, for example. Nor will it appear in the list
>> created by df.
>> However, it is available to manually mount. Ie, #mount /dev/sdb1 temp,
>> just like the old days.* And once you do that, it appears in the df
>> though still not in the Places column in Dolphin.
>> I hope this helps someone.
>> *This might be particular to my machine being that the drive is a hot
>> SATA device and I did not remove it and replace it. However,
>> drives with
>> MSDOS type partition tables auto mounted using the very same command
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Well it's certainly going to help ME....as I was contemplating buying a
3TB drive for my laptop.....this oughta be fun!...LOL! Thanks for the
I wish I had seen this a few months ago when I tried to change a 3TB
drive to a single 3T partition. I just used the Seagate tools.
My patience was thin at the time.
Nice to see a procedure to do it from within Linux. Now I will purchase
another 3T drive.
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