Fun and games with 3TB hard drives.

Fernando Cassia fcassia at
Sat Oct 1 02:31:53 UTC 2011

On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 21:57, Craig White <craigwhite at> wrote:
> I don't think this exemplifies the problem with FOSS software except for
> maybe indicating that sometimes the information is there for all to see
> but some people don't actually look and rely upon misinformed web pages,
> people, etc.

I used to be like you, always quick to lecture end users with some
technical factoid.

Then I got older, and with age one gets less patience (or less
inclined to waste time trying to work around technical limits in
hardware or software, as one has "been there" many times in the past).

So I eventually realized it´s not really the end-user´s job to  know
about the cylinder limits of DOS-style partition tables beforehand.
And that if they fire fdisk on a bigger than 2TB hard drive, a warning
message "hey, look, this tool has a limit on what it can do on the big
hard drive just detected" would go a long way to solve frustration and
waste of time, as experienced by the OP.

Just saying.

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