#StackBounty: #hard-drive #centos #ext4 Getting an “is not a block special device.” error when trying to mount an 8TB disk in CentOS 7.6

Bounty: 50

I’m trying to format and mount a 8TB external as an ext4 and it doesn’t seem to work right.

I can create my partition using gdisk:

sdc               8:32   0   7.3T  0 disk
└─sdc1            8:33   0   7.3T  0 part

But when I create the filesystem I get a weird error that says: “/dev/sdc1 is not a block special device.” however it seems to complete:

# mke2fs -t ext4 /dev/sdc1
mke2fs 1.42.9 (28-Dec-2013)
/dev/sdc1 is not a block special device.
Proceed anyway? (y,n) y
Discarding device blocks: done
Filesystem label=
OS type: Linux
Block size=4096 (log=2)
Fragment size=4096 (log=2)
Stride=0 blocks, Stripe width=0 blocks
246512 inodes, 984801 blocks
49240 blocks (5.00%) reserved for the super user
First data block=0
Maximum filesystem blocks=1008730112
31 block groups
32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group
7952 inodes per group
Superblock backups stored on blocks:
        32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736

Allocating group tables: done
Writing inode tables: done
Creating journal (16384 blocks): done
Writing superblocks and filesystem accounting information: done

Afterwards though, when mounting it doesn’t seem to work and it mounts /dev/loop0 instead? I’m not even sure what that is and the filesystem is the wrong size.

/dev/loop0               4.0G   16M  3.7G   1% /mnt/test

I was reading apparently this is some new type of drive with sectors not in the normal place? Any help would be appreciated.

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