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Old 03-18-2011, 05:21 PM   #16
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I'd rather type in the commands so that I know exactly what I've done.
But what about making the partitions?
Maybe I could use parted, what would be the command to achieve that ?
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:41 PM   #17
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But what about making the partitions?
Maybe I could use parted, what would be the command to achieve that ?
Thanks.
I am not sure about using parted from the terminal since I have never actually used parted to partition a hard drive. I have used the GParted graphical interface though, which is similar to Parted Magic.
Have a look at cfdisk. It runs right off the terminal and it is fairly easy and intuitive to use.

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Old 03-18-2011, 05:52 PM   #18
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My main problem, as mentioned earlier, regards the issues of having a hard drive of over 2TB. A graphical interface would elude these problems, and make implicit commands, that's why I would rather see what I'm doing.
Could someone that knows about parted commands try to help me please ?
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:54 PM   #19
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Or alternatively, since nobody seems to know how to use parted, just tell me exactly what to do with gparted. But it is usually difficult to describe exactly what you're doing with the mouse...
 
Old 03-18-2011, 08:14 PM   #20
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Well, first delete all existing partition on your HDD. Right-clicking the partition should let you do this.
Next, make a 1.5 TB NTFS partition by hitting 'New'. You might have to break out the calculator and do some math to determine how many MB's this is, because IIRC gparted uses MB's.
Next, repeat the above step again.

Then you're done.
 
Old 03-18-2011, 08:41 PM   #21
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okay, I've done exactly what you've said, but the disk is not recognized in windows xp...
 
Old 03-18-2011, 08:41 PM   #22
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This is why I suggested the Parted Magic live CD. Parted Magic uses GParted. I just prefer the Parted Magic live CD to using GParted. Since you will not be using gpt partitions, Parted Magic or GParted could easily accomplish what you want to do.
 
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okay, I've done exactly what you've said, but the disk is not recognized in windows xp...
It should be.
 
Old 03-18-2011, 09:04 PM   #24
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Well it's not, what more can I say ?
What else do you want me to try ?
I think it would be better to use the command line so that it's easier for you to tell me what to do, and easier for me not to make any mistakes (although I'm sure I did exactly what you said, I double checked).
I think you're not considering the 2TB limit issue, as I've said since the beginning... it is said everywhere on the web that 3TB hard drives should be handled differently but they don't say how to handle it...
 
Old 03-19-2011, 12:19 AM   #25
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Well it's not, what more can I say ?
What else do you want me to try ?
I think it would be better to use the command line so that it's easier for you to tell me what to do, and easier for me not to make any mistakes (although I'm sure I did exactly what you said, I double checked).
I think you're not considering the 2TB limit issue, as I've said since the beginning... it is said everywhere on the web that 3TB hard drives should be handled differently but they don't say how to handle it...
I thought having two 1.5 TB partitions on a 3 TB drive would bypass the MBR 3 TB limitation. I dunno what else to say, since Windows XP 32-bit can't read GPT, and GPT would be the only way to bypass the 2 TB limitation. Maybe someone else who knows more than I do can shed some light on it for us.

I'm sorry.
 
Old 03-19-2011, 11:41 AM   #26
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Can someone that knows about this hard drive stuff please help me?
Thanks.
 
Old 03-19-2011, 03:27 PM   #27
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Nobody knows about this issue ?
 
Old 03-19-2011, 04:00 PM   #28
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Hey Bob32,

Parted is the magical wand here, look at this page
http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/fdisk-...eater-2tb.html

And, your assesment in having to 'initialise' the drive is correct! I had an external drive (still got it, btw) and I had to format it.

Parted comes with a man page:
http://www.linuxmanpages.com/man8/parted.8.php

I used fdisk to find the name, but maybe you dont need that, dunnow...

Quote:
fdisk -l
and you'll get a list of everything disk-like hooked in the system...

Basically it involves making a partition and making a file system (the formatting proper) - two steps, as making the partition does not include the formatting thereof...

Hoping to have helped!

Luck

Thor
 
Old 03-19-2011, 05:02 PM   #29
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It is surely GPT and I think you could use one of these...

http://www.rodsbooks.com/gdisk/hybrid.html

Note the restrictions on the use of a hybrid partition above 2GB. Using a hybrid partition and having a limited use of 1GB of the HDD is not the ideal solution to your problem but allows you to use 2GB the HDD as if it were a HDD with a msdos label. A hybrid partition should boot from any BIOS.

As I read the article in Wikipedia, you cannot use 32-bit XP with a GPT HDD, although this might be possible if it is installed on a hybrid partition.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table

You might think of a strategy to use the GPT HDD for linux with the Grub2 boot loader and/or a bootable version of Windows, and installing XP or any linux you can't boot with Grub2 on another non-GPT HDD.

A PartedMagic live-cd or GPT fdisk will partition a GPT disk. The Plop boot manager might allow you to chainload the GRUB2 or a Windows boot loader to boot a GPT partition if your BIOS does not recognized it. I am guessing on this last point. You may have to put Plop on a USB flash stick or a floppy for this to work.

Use the command "fdisk -l" to look for a notation "gpt" to confirm the HDD type.

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