Microsoft Windows Partition

Posted on 2011-05-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hi, i have a question about Windows 7 or Windows 2008 Server for max partition. I need of 3.5 TByte online storage for video recording made with 3x2Tb Sas 6Gbps raid 5 disk. Can i make partition over 2 Tbyte ?
Question by:ciavattip
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    The following link from Wikipedia explains the maximum partition size

    In theory, the maximum NTFS volume size is 264-1 clusters. However, the maximum NTFS volume size as implemented in Windows XP Professional is 232-1 clusters. For example, using 64 KB clusters, the maximum Windows XP NTFS volume size is 256 TB minus 64 KB. Using the default cluster size of 4 KB, the maximum NTFS volume size is 16 TB minus 4 KB. (Both of these are vastly higher than the 128 GB limit lifted in Windows XP SP1.) Because partition tables on master boot record (MBR) disks only support partition sizes up to 2 TB, dynamic or GPT volumes must be used to create NTFS volumes over 2 TB. Booting from a GPT volume to a Windows environment requires a system with EFI and 64-bit support.[50]
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    by:Sanjay Santoki

    Partition tables on the main boot record (MBR) only support partition sizes up to 2 TB , dynamic or GPT volumes should be used to create NTFS volumes over 2 TB.

    Basically, when you add new HDD on the system, you have to use GPT instead MBR from disk management.

    Sanjay Santoki

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    thanks for support. have a nice day.

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