As my other thread (Debian GNU parted) doesn't seem to be getting any responses and my situation has changed considerably, I thought I'd ask a new question.
I followed this article: http://www.anchor.com.au/blog/2012/10/booting-large-gpt-disks-without-efi/
I did so by running parted from the PartedMagic Live CD and setting up the partitions as suggested in that article: a 1MB bios_grub partition starting at 1MB and ending at 2MB and a root partition (ext4) starting at 2MB and ending at 100%. I then installed Debian Wheezy from the Debian Live CD. Upon installation, running
fdisk -l reports it to be a GPT file system and parted recognizes both the partitions created earlier. However, regardless of what tool I use (fdisk, parted, gdisk), the root partition shows a capacity of 2.19TB.
I have a 32-bit system (a DELL PowerEdge R200 server) that does not have UEFI. The system consists of a RAID controller set up to use RAID0 with two 4TB disks.
So, my question is: Is it even possible to access the entire 4TB using software alone (i.e, parted, gdisk, etc)? I.e, do I need additional hardware?