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I have the HP Proliant DL120 G7 server with P212/256MB SmartArray Controller configured with 4 - 2TB drives as RAID 1+0 (4TB usable space).

I would like to have a small partition for my Linux OS and the rest as a single large partition for home.

Is this possible as the home partition would be larger than 2TB?

Any help would be greatly appreciated as the HP Tech Support has been useless; they recommended Raid 5!

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Yes, it's possible to have a partition larger than 2TB... Is there another Question in there I'm not seeing? – Chris S Feb 15 '12 at 17:59
This question really helped me with another problem I had with the DL120 G7 server. Thanks! – Peter Lindqvist Jun 27 '12 at 11:44
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HP Smart Array controllers previously did not allow logical disk sizes greater than 2.2TB. This has changed recently, but in the case of your ProLiant DL120 G7, there may be an incompatibility as detailed in this customer document.

The Quickspecs for the P212 controller show that >2TB LUNS are available now. Make sure you've updated to the most recent firmware for the controller and for your DL120 G7 server. Try from there and see if it works.

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All of the PCIe Pxxx-series HP controllers support >2TB disks by the way, the last one the didn't on day one (though was fixed with an update in '08) was the PCI-X P600. – Chopper3 Feb 15 '12 at 18:03
I was referring to the logical drive size limits. – ewwhite Feb 15 '12 at 18:04
I really thought that went away a few years ago - either way he's laughing with a P212 so long as the OS supports it. – Chopper3 Feb 15 '12 at 18:05

It's not a problem at all, so long as your kernel has GPT (actually "EFI GUID Partition support") support. Glad you avoided R5 :)

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