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Old 09-20-2013, 08:18 PM   #1
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New 4TB drive install in debian 6


I purchased a new 4TB drive for my Debian 6 machine. It is showing up in the BIOS but not under /dev/sd* or with blkid. Does Debian 6 have some issue with 4TB drives or could it possibly be a DOA drive?

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Old 09-20-2013, 10:39 PM   #2
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Hi:

AFAIK Debian doesn't have any issue's with a 4 TB HDD:-

Quote:
It is showing up in the BIOS but not under /dev/sd*
That's odd. Try running; as 'root'
Code:
fdisk -l
When my brand new drive didn't have an OS on it it showed in the BIOS but when I ran 'fdisk -l' it showed the HDD and said something like; Unpartitioned drive (or) unallocated--

Are you suspicious that your new 4 TB HDD is dead as a door nail?
If so; I would return it to the merchant for a full refund:-
If the cable is bad or defective the drive won't show up--

Is it a Western Digital or a Seagate? SATA?

The only problems I found with Debian were external HDD (links below)


http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/289587-32-drive
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...7234836AAgJMZY
http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/.../msg00396.html
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...es-4175434947/
 
Old 09-20-2013, 11:04 PM   #3
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I purchased a new 4TB drive for my Debian 6 machine. It is showing up in the BIOS but not under /dev/sd* or with blkid. Does Debian 6 have some issue with 4TB drives or could it possibly be a DOA drive?

Thanks
Brian
Is this to boot from? I think there is a size limit for hdd's that are bootable. From memory it was 2.2TB.

Have you considered Debian 7?
 
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:25 AM   #4
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I may be wrong & excuse me if I am, but I thought drives over 2Tb had to be gpt partitioning.
 
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Old 09-21-2013, 02:56 AM   #5
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I'm not sure EDDY1. I haven't had the opportunity to partition such a large HDD:-

I think your are right; based on this information I found.

http://knowledge.seagate.com/article...S/FAQ/218619en
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...pt-4175412537/

http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/fdisk-...eater-2tb.html


This man in this thread says (with Windows) The only way to do it is by partitioning it with a GPT/GUID partition table. The traditional MBR partitioning does not support volumes that large.
http://forums.hexus.net/storage/2740...partition.html

http://www.ask.com/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table

Hope this helps

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Old 09-30-2013, 01:07 PM   #6
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Sorry for the long delay and thanks everyone. The link in Ztcoracat message http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/fdisk-...eater-2tb.html worked. Also the drive did show when running 'fdisk -l' as well. I have the drive setup with the full 4TB in one partition. I did have to install parted in Debian 6 'apt-get install parted' for anyone finding this to help them.
 
Old 09-30-2013, 05:24 PM   #7
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Sorry for the long delay and thanks everyone. The link in Ztcoracat message http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/fdisk-...eater-2tb.html worked. Also the drive did show when running 'fdisk -l' as well. I have the drive setup with the full 4TB in one partition. I did have to install parted in Debian 6 'apt-get install parted' for anyone finding this to help them.
Glad that link was helpful.

You are Welcome. Enjoy Debian and have a good week!
 
  


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