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The Register: Linux breaks 100-Petabyte ceiling

Nov 07, 2001, 13:02 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

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"We almost forgot to mention this, but Linux recently became the first desktop OS to support enormously large file sizes. How large?

144 Petabytes, or 144,000,000,000,000,000 bytes. A Petabyte is roughly a thousand Terabytes, with a Terabyte being roughly a thousand Gigabytes, of course.

This came up in conversation when we were chatting to Andre Hedrick, who looks after the Linux IDE subsystem, in our story about Mount Rainier CDs last week. Hedrick's code exploits extensions to the ATA-133 spec, which uses 48-bit rather than 28-bit addressing. The drivers are included in the 2.4.13-ac6 kernel tree, says Andre, or alternatively you can download them from his site."

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