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Updated: October 2018

Accepting default partitioning of 3 TB HDD when using Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 text installer results in failed installation (15762166, formerly CR 7123018)

Note -  This issue does not apply to DVD-based installs or installs performed using the Automated Installer (AI). This issue only affects text-based installs.

When installing Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 onto a 3-TB hard disk drive (HDD), the Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 text installer presents this misleading default to the installer: "Use the whole disk." This default setting seems to be acceptable because other user messages in the installation program indicate that only 2-TB of the HDD will be used.

If this default setting is accepted, the installation program mistakenly loads Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 onto the entire 3-TB HDD, instead of a 2-TB partition, and the installation fails.

Note -  Installing Oracle Solaris 11 11/11 to the entire 3-TB HDD requires support for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) BIOS, and Oracle Solaris 11 does not support UEFI BIOS.

Affected software:

  • Oracle Solaris 11 11/11

  • Releases 1.0 and later

Note -  This issue does not affect Oracle Solaris 11.1.


For text installs, in the Fdisk Partition screen, when prompted, select Use a partition of the disk, instead of Use the whole disk.