3TB Drives Gotchas

Maybe you noticed that 3 TB drives are on the market. They come with a few gotchas. If your are a seasoned server guy you have probably come up against some of them in the past but single 3 TB brings hurdles for people in the massive consumer space. So what are they. GUID Partition Tables GPT – Once you hit the 2 TB limit on on Master Boot Record (MBR), GPT is required for larger drives. This format is not available on Windows XP 32bit and was introduced with Windows XP 64bit and future 32bit and 64bit operating systems. … Continue reading 3TB Drives Gotchas

2 TB: Using GUID File Allocation Tables (GPT GUID Partition Table)

2 TB Drives have been around a while and certainly building raid arrays over 2 TB has been possible for quite some time. If you haven’t stumbled across this read on. Why GPT? GUID Partition Table disks can grow to a very large size. As of July 2001, the Microsoft implementation supports a hard disk of up to 18 EB (Exabyte equal 1000 Terabytes). It is not that I am predicting Exabyte drives soon but more that Master Boot Record tops out at 2 TB. GPT is the partition table to use if you plan on exceeding 2 TB. How … Continue reading 2 TB: Using GUID File Allocation Tables (GPT GUID Partition Table)