[TriLUG] Any problems with a 160 GB IDE disk?
rasch at raschnet.com
Mon Sep 13 20:41:56 EDT 2004
I had good luck on one of my systems disabling the hard disk in the
bios (the bios only detected 138GB of 200GB). With the drive disabled
in the bios, linux finds it just fine at the full size!
On Mon, Sep 13, 2004 at 07:47:17PM -0400, Tom Bryan <tbryan at python.net> wrote:
> I have a Seagate 160 GB IDE disk. I did some poking around on the Web, and I
> saw a lot of discussion over people who could only access the first 138 GB of
> a 160 GB disk.
> The IDE disk comes with a CD for setting up the disk under Windows and on a
> Mac. From an initial look, I think that the CD essentiall has user manuals
> and a copy of "DiscWizard" which I'm guessing they ship to help partition the
> disk...not sure though.
> It looks like the CD might be able to bootstrap itself into some sort of
> bootable DOS/Windows image on the CD, but that fails on my system because I
> have a SCSI CD-ROM drive. I have a spare IDE CD-ROM, but this is starting to
> be silly. I'm not sure what that CD could have on it that I can't already do
> with fdisk.
> If I run fdisk and I see the following. It looks like fdisk is seeing the
> whole disk. Does anyone think that I'll get into trouble if I partition the
> disk with fdisk and just go with that?
> Device contains neither a valid DOS partition table, nor Sun, SGI or OSF
> disklabel Building a new DOS disklabel. Changes will remain in memory only,
> until you decide to write them. After that, of course, the previous content
> won't be recoverable.
> The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 19457.
> There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
> and could in certain setups cause problems with:
> 1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
> 2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
> (e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)
> Warning: invalid flag 0x0000 of partition table 4 will be corrected by w(rite)
> Command (m for help): p
> Disk /dev/hdc: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
> 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
> Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
> Command (m for help): q
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