Windows 10: Vmware WKS 12 - max PHYSICAL disk size Solved

  1.    04 Aug 2016 #1

    Vmware WKS 12 - max PHYSICAL disk size


    Hi there

    anybody know what Max HDD size is allowed in VMware workstation (PHYSICAL Disk)

    I've seen plenty of references to Max VIRTUAL HDD size - and that's 8TB - but what about when using a PHYSICAL HDD.

    I have a RAID array of 9.1 TB attached as a Physical HDD -- my VM accepts it just fine

    Can I actually USE the whole 9.1 TB or will the Host stop after 8TB.

    The Host actually doesn't see the HDD in Windows File explorer as it's offline to Windows and formatted with XFS.

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    In the VM capacity is shown as 9.1 TB which is correct.

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    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2.    04 Aug 2016 #2

    According to this more than you could dream of in the host OS

    http://highscalability.com/blog/2012...yottabyte.html


    UEFI enables better use of bigger hard drives. Though UEFI supports the traditional master boot record (MBR) method of hard drive partitioning, it doesn't stop there. It's also capable of working with the GUID Partition Table (GPT), which is free of the limitations the MBR places on the number and size of partitions. GPT ups the maximum partition size from 2.19TB to 9.4 zettabytes.
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  3.    05 Aug 2016 #3

    Hi there

    HYPER-V hasn't got physical size HDD restrictions (at least not as far as "Normal users" are concerned -- I won't say we'll never have 64TB on a home computer -- but didn't a famous "Mr. Bill Gates" say once that you won't even need more than 640KB (yes KB !!) of RAM on a computer.

    I tested VMware VM with full 9.1 TB and a second 7 TB HDD with direct physical HDD access -- the full set was accessible so it looks like so long as your HDD controller on the Host can handle the HDD's then you will get full access in the VM using physical HDD access.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4.    05 Aug 2016 #4

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    HYPER-V hasn't got physical size HDD restrictions (at least not as far as "Normal users" are concerned -- I won't say we'll never have 64TB on a home computer -- but didn't a famous "Mr. Bill Gates" say once that you won't even need more than 640KB (yes KB !!) of RAM on a computer.

    I tested VMware VM with full 9.1 TB and a second 7 TB HDD with direct physical HDD access -- the full set was accessible so it looks like so long as your HDD controller on the Host can handle the HDD's then you will get full access in the VM using physical HDD access.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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