At least in RHEL 4, the
fdisk command does not support the creation of filesystems larger than 2TB. In order to get around it, you have to use the
parted command. I found the basic info here, but this is the long and short of how to cut off a big ol’ slice of disk using
It’s interactive, so the following commands are issued within the utility.
1) Make the disk label
(parted) mklabel gpt
2) Create the partition
(parted) mkpart primary 0 -1
Disk geometry for /dev/sda: 0.000-38146.972 megabytes Disk label type: msdos Minor Start End Type Filesystem Flags 1 0.031 101.975 primary ext3 boot 2 101.975 38146.530 primary lvm
4) Exit the GNU Parted command shell
5) Finally, make the filesystem:
# mkfs.ext3 -m0 -F /dev/sdb1
6)Finally, you don’t want to wait for that big filesystem to fsck from time to time, so make sure it does not get checked unless you run the command yourself:
# tune2fs -c0 -i0 /dev/sdb1
That should just about do it. Remember that only RHEL 4 and higher can support filesystems larger than 2TB. If I remember correctly RHEL 3 can go up to 2TB, RHEL4 can handle 8TB, and RHEL 5 can make a whopping 16TB chunk of disk. Have fun!