Large files under ubuntu do not appear to work

Chris Cheney ccheney at
Wed Mar 25 15:42:12 UTC 2009

>From an email from Colin Watson:


The partitioner has done this since November 2005.

partman-partitioning (37) unstable; urgency=low
  [ Frans Pop ]
  * Use gpt instead of msdos disklabel for disks larger than 2TB.
 -- Frans Pop <fjp at>  Sun, 27 Nov 2005 20:19:17 +0100


So this should only show up when creating partitions yourself, perhaps
the partitioning tools need modification as well to default to GPT if
they see a disk > 2TiB

Some further information about this topic can be found at:

As soon as > 2TiB desktop drives become available this will begin to be
a problem even for Windows desktop users. Current Windows apparently
will only boot off a GPT drive if the system has UEFI instead of BIOS
and then only for Windows Vista SP1 x64. It is unclear to me whether
Windows 7 will allow booting from GPT without needing UEFI. It appears
that currently the only consumer systems with UEFI support are Macs,
Intel motherboards, and some MSI motherboards.


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