badblocks error on disks greater than 4 TB

Bug #1495323 reported by lgd on 2015-09-13
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Bug Description

badblocks doesn't work on 5 TB disks:

WARNING: DATA DESTRUCTIVE (this is normal behaviour) command: "sudo badblocks -svw /dev/sdX" while X is to set in for the whole disk. Use it carefully with n instead of w.


"badblocks: This value is too big for the defined data type invalid end block (4883770584): must be 32-bit value".

After data type there should be the end of the first sentence. This part is in native language like German and the part after that in English.

Original in German: "badblocks: Der Wert ist zu groß für den definierten Datentyp invalid end block (4883770584): must be 32-bit value".

Working workaround: Checking two partitions with less then 4 TB.

The maintainer should fix this 32-bit limit of 4 gb with a bigger defined data type and maybe more changes.

Current maintainer referring to manpage is Theodore Ts'o <tytso [at]>.

lgd (lgd) wrote :

Ubuntu 14.04 with 64 Bit.

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