Sign up ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Is there a way to make partition bigger than 2 TB on ext4 file system ?? Im trying to do that on debian but get message Partition size can not exceed 2TB ...

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 17 down vote accepted

That is not a limitation of ext4, but a limitation of the MSDOS partition table format you are using.

You'll need to switch to GPT partition tables. Use gparted or parted to create a GPT partition table on your disk. This will allow you to create partitions bigger than 2 TB.

fdisk doesn't work with GPT and won't let you have >2TB partitions.

share|improve this answer
... or GPT fdisk. – JdeBP May 17 '11 at 10:52

You can, but MBR can't allow disk to be more that 2TB. You have to switch your partition table to GPT

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.