Are GPT disks and SSD drives supported?

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Tyco72
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Are GPT disks and SSD drives supported?

Post by Tyco72 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:32 pm

Hello everybody. I am very interested on ReactOS since a long time. I wanted ask whether GPT partitions and SSD drives are supported. Looking at the installer, it looks that GPT disks are not yet supported.

Soon I would like to arrange some hardware to test React OS. The problem is that the support of GPT drives larger than 2TB (not mandatory as boot drives, in this moment) and SSD drives should be present.
I hope that these features will be implemented soon, otherwise it will be possible to use Reactos only on old or outdated hardware. Also the correct support of SSD drives is crucial, or their lifetime will be reduced.

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Re: Are GPT disks and SSD drives supported?

Post by erkinalp » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:19 pm

SSDs do work, but ReactOS is not optimised for them.
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Re: Are GPT disks and SSD drives supported?

Post by hbelusca » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:35 pm

Support for GPT disks is not complete and not activated in ReactOS.

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Re: Are GPT disks and SSD drives supported?

Post by Tyco72 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:39 pm

Thank you. I will see what I can do with my hardware.
I have read that also the NTFS file system is still not actually supported. But since Linux supports it since a long time, and the code of Linux is open, why the is the same code not implemented (or ported) in ReactOS?

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Re: Are GPT disks and SSD drives supported?

Post by hbelusca » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:32 pm

Because it has to be done in a NT-compatible way, not in a "linux"-way.

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Re: Are GPT disks and SSD drives supported?

Post by karlexceed » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:03 am

Tyco72 wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:39 pm
since Linux supports it since a long time, and the code of Linux is open, why the is the same code not implemented (or ported) in ReactOS?
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Re: Are GPT disks and SSD drives supported?

Post by middings » Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:32 pm

The File Systems page in the ReactOS Wiki has answers to Tyco72's questions. ("Search before you ask" is always good practice when using a technical forum such as this.)

I direct Tyco72's attention to the page's NTFS section and these topics in the page's Frequently Answered Questions (FAQ) section:
  • Why isn't NTFS supported in ReactOS?
  • WHY ROS WILL NOT WORK ON NTFS/ZFS/REISER4/WHATEVER RIGHT NOW
The information on the page lags the current state of ReactOS by a little bit. Still, the discussion of NTFS implementation difficulties and why a NTFS file handler suitable for Linux can't be bolted onto ReactOS after just some easy adjustments to its code remains informative.

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