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Date:      Mon, 2 Dec 2013 14:21:49 -0700 (MST)
From:      Warren Block <wblock@wonkity.com>
To:        "Mike." <the.lists@mgm51.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: gmirror, gpart and MBR vs GPT in the Handbook
Message-ID:  <alpine.BSF.2.00.1312021411420.15921@wonkity.com>
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On Mon, 2 Dec 2013, Mike. wrote:

> My understanding is that MBR can be used with drives only up to
> and including 2TB in size.  So if I use MBR, the maximum drive
> size I could use would be 2TB.  Is that correct?

As far as I recall, MBR expects 512-byte blocks and uses 32-bit values. 
The total number works out to 2TB (2^32*512).

Just recently, someone in the forums had an external drive, MBR format, 
but 4K blocks.  There were problems, although I don't know if FreeBSD 
was at fault.

I have not tried MBR on a drive larger than 2TB.  I suspect it would be 
safe to use the first 2TB and ignore the rest, but that really ought to 
be verified.



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