Thursday, 12 November 2015

GUID Partition Table

MBR (Master Boot Record) is an old relic that is still in much use as the standard Partition Table format. It is still the standard when it comes to USB sticks and things like that. GPT (GUID Partition Table) is much better and already exists for the past 5 years3.

Apparently Linux (Fedora2 since version 8) supports GPT for a long time. For more information on GPT, see [1], which has some nice diagrams.

Unfortunately, every time I order a new harddrive for one of my computers, it comes equipped standard with the MBR Partition table, and it always takes me a while to figure out why I cannot allocate more than 2 terabytes or assign more than 4 partitions without having to jump through some hoops.

Oh, well.


[1] FedoraProject - MBR vs GPT which is better for Fedora
[2] FedoraProject - Features - GUID Partition Table
[3] Wikipedia - GUID Partition Table
[4] - Using the new guild partition table in linux

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