From: Sam Hopkins <sah@co...> - 2006-11-22 15:50:37
> I realize this is possibly just plain off the mark, but have you tried
> partitioning the drive first? Since it's presented to the system as an ATA
> drive-like thing, I've always assumed that you have to partition first!
> If it is possible to use the device as a raw entity, then I think I may be
> doing some serious re-working of my AoE drives very soon!!
As others have mentioned, partitioning is not necessary to use a block
device. This is a very common misconception. The dos style partition
table created with fdisk is nothing more than a table of information
kept in the first sector (MBR) of the block device that tells a system
how to carve up the rest of the block device. If you don't want to
carve up the disk space, you can use the whole thing (including the
Dos style partitions hit a wall at 2TB due to limitations in the
format of the table values. GPT is a solution to address this need,
and we've heard good things about it.