[Beowulf] Problem with Single RAID disk larger than 2TB and Linux

Guy Coates gmpc at sanger.ac.uk
Wed Oct 3 09:03:29 PDT 2007

Luns over 2TB are a bad idea. There are just too many reasons why they might not
work, and trying to track down the right one is a pain.

Your workaround to use the LVM to stripe 3x1TB luns together is the way to go.
(You really want to use LVM anyhow, as  trying to do SAN storage without it is a

You've covered the usual Gotchas with 2TB luns (dos partition tables and 32 bit
kernels),  so I'd suspect your storage array.  Check with Hitachi that the array
supports creating luns over 2TB. Many don't, and for maximum confusion, some
allow you to create >2TB luns, even though you  can't subsequently use them.



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