Sure fire method or work-a-round to break the 137GB disk size limit
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Checked the Phoenix BIOS version 53.01.03 again. Perused every screen and see no option to change the HPA. Nothing mentions HPA or Predesktop area or LBA 48. bummer There isn't much available to tweak with in this BIOS.
Strange, I am able to select the hard drive in my BIOS which it recognizes automatically as a WD3200BEVE. But when I select that drive and go into that submenu it freezes t he BIOS and I must power cycle. Maybe another indication that it has trouble with larger drives.
I have looked all over the Gateway site and found no BIOS upgrade.
Also, maybe I am doing this wrong but from a Linux Terminal, When I type
I get no output at all. Any other ways to get fdisk to see the partitions?
You might try to look at the setting and on the first page of the BIOS after the menu page, where the HDD is detected or its parameters can be set. Look to see if there is anything that can be opened or expanded to give you more options, one of which might be LBA. I too had a machine with a 137GB limit, but I found it would support LBA when I finally found my way to it. A machine that is no older than four to five years could be expected to have 48-bit LBA support.
If you can achieve LBA, the second demand seems to be that linux be installed within the first 137GB. You have tried putting boot and home there, but I might try to set up linux with three partitions (swap,/,/home) all within the 137GB limit, booting the system, then using its linux partitioner to expand the /home partition beyond 137GB, hoping that you both get boot and more than 137GB.
Last edited by thorkelljarl; 08-14-2009 at 05:30 PM.
Agree with thorkelljarl: Try installing linux in a 20GB (first) partition, then create another partition as /data for the rest of the drive after you have successfully booted. Though I am concerned if you can't see the whole drive from a liveCD. If that doesn't work, then I guess you're stuffed.
Last edited by Quakeboy02; 08-14-2009 at 06:08 PM.
heh, but I came across it as one of the top google results for my problem, figure other people still want the answer. The disk_stat tool that worked for me in lucid is removed from the newer version of sleuthkit in maverik, by the way, but I tried the setmax.c program and it worked as well when hdparm did not.
Oh, and at least on Dells you have to wipe out lba3, otherwise it will re-add the HPA when you boot. I used 'dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1 seek=3'
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