Hard Drive -- How LARGE?

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at chrononomicon.com
Tue Nov 4 15:18:49 UTC 2008

Michael Haney wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 9:58 AM, Pete Clapham <peteclapham at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>> Hi, all --
>> How large a hard drive can Intrepid handle?  I would like to use my
>> Seagate 1.5 Terabyte drives, but Intrepid seems not to want to admit
>> they exist.  Is there a work around that will solve the problem?
>> Thanks.
> Ubuntu uses EXT3 by default (I think) which has a maximum partition
> limit of 32TB while XFS has a limit of 8 exabytes.  Unless you chose
> XFS during the install of Ubuntu then you're using EXT3 so there is no
> problem with you using the whole drive if that is what you want
> As to why it not being seen I can't answer that question.  I know
> Ubuntu can support SATA, my laptop has a SATA drive and I was able to
> use it with Ubuntu just fine when I tried it.

That doesn't mean the program won't have trouble, though. Dell systems 
with Windows need to be put into a hybrid SATA mode so XP will see the 
drive, and I don't know what the support was built into various kernels 
of Ubuntu combined with particular controllers...I have a RIP CD (rescue 
Linux) that booted and saw SATA drives within Linux, but when I ran 
Partimage to copy an image to the drive, Partimage refused to 
acknowledge the drive was there even though gparted could see it without 
error and dmesg showed the kernel reading the device properly. Weird.


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