Fun and games with 3TB hard drives.

Craig White craigwhite at
Sat Oct 1 04:33:06 UTC 2011

On Fri, 2011-09-30 at 23:31 -0300, Fernando Cassia wrote:
> 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.
In the scheme of things:
- drives > 2TB are extremely new
- it's possible if not likely that someone will make partitions smaller
than 2TB
- there actually is a man page describing fdisk and it's limitations and
in fact, the second paragraph of the fdisk man page makes it pretty

I think that it's unfair to suggest anything about me - I merely
responded to your characterization that you were clued in to exactly
what was wrong with FOSS when in fact the answers were always in the man
page and it made it fairly clear that your assertion was off-base. I
might have thought that you could have simply said that your assertion
was wrong instead. Interestingly, you chose to decry misinformation by
using a misinformed predicate.


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