You can probably ignore the text below. the problem is that you cannot have a partition greater than about 2TB. 2.5 TB requires a different partition table ( GUID and GPT)and I do not know if PCLinuxOS supports it.
Device contains neither a valid DOS partition table, nor Sun, SGI or OSF disklabel
Building a new DOS disklabel with disk identifier 0x41506c14.
Changes will remain in memory only, until you decide to write them.
After that, of course, the previous content won't be recoverable.
Warning: invalid flag 0x0000 of partition table 4 will be corrected by w(rite)
WARNING: The size of this disk is 3.0 TB (2974392647680 bytes).
DOS partition table format can not be used on drives for volumes
larger than (2199023255040 bytes) for 512-byte sectors. Use parted(1) and GUID
partition table format (GPT).
Ant thoughts knowledgeable people?
I tried LVM but the first disk died and I lost the lot. I then played with raid and found dead disks were not such a problem.
Since that time, I have raided all my system except the laptops, and I feel much safer that way.
Since drives are not too expensive at this time, and being on an OZ pension, I decided to get the best deal I could on the drive front.
I have been told by my better half that I must now consolidate all dieing bits into other machines, until i have only one left. After that I am not sure what will happen!!
I am setting this machine up both W/S and local server.
Since the amount of space available that should work well?
The swap has been set at 2*ram so that I do not have to bother with hibernating, no matter what I am doing. Although I can certainly reduce swap if you think that would be better.
I do almost everything in PCLinuxos and have done so since 0.93.
Ii do not know if raid 6 is faster than 1 drive but it is certainly safer.