[OpenIndiana-discuss] Seagate 3000GB Drive only shows 746GB

Jan Owoc jsowoc at gmail.com
Fri Sep 28 14:20:04 UTC 2012

On Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 6:54 AM, Reginald Beardsley <pulaskite at yahoo.com> wrote:
> From my notes configuring a 3 TB Hitachi in June 2011 on Sol 10 u8.
> "After considerable fubar, the key to formatting the 3 TB disk was to use, 'format -e', supply LBA pseudo geometry & create an EFI label.  NB Must run fdisk from inside format."
> All I remember is I did it once.  Now I wish I'd been more verbose in my notes.
> The Hitachi is pulled for RMA. As I recall the BIOS reported it as 887 GB. ZFS saw the entire drive, though it's really only 2.79 TB.  But it worked just fine until it starting failing.

I was looking into 3TB (or 4TB) drives myself. Solaris documentation
(including current Solaris 11) says that you can't boot off a drive >
2TB because you can't use an EFI label. Did "format -e" work around
this limitation? Or were you merely able to make a non-bootable zfs


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