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Old 03-05-2006, 03:07 AM   #1
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My 80GB hdd is seen as 600MB


I am installing slackware 10.2, I choose bare.i for kernel, I enter as root, fdisk /dev/hda, and I see a 600MB hdd.I try to put a new partition in it being more than 600MB but nothing.I tried then with cfdisk but the same happened.
Then I started again with sata.i, trying again both fdisk and cfdisk but again happened the same.
The hdd is a sata, from a known company, I dont remember the name though.

Has this happened to anyone of you?
What shall I do?
 
Old 03-05-2006, 06:58 AM   #2
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Did you use your hard in windows or other os before?
 
Old 03-05-2006, 08:24 AM   #3
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No, I bought it and directly tried to install slackware on it.
 
Old 03-05-2006, 09:53 AM   #4
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Does the BIOS autodetect the drive as 80G? It is only hd? Http://www.slackersbible.org/book/ has installation chapters with help setting up and partitioning HD. Bitbenderforums has excellent SW10 install guide too.
If you have a kanotix,mepis,knoppix live-cd , you can use qtparted or gparted to prepare the hd too. Good luck.

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Old 03-05-2006, 10:33 AM   #5
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If your BIOS doesn't detect the correct drive size, re-check the jumper(s) on the drive. (And check you BIOS vendor for a possible BIOS upgrade. The first SATA drives were fairly small, and an older BIOS may have a size limit hard-coded. [This is, of course, pure speculation since I don't, actually, know of any such BIOS limitations.])
 
Old 03-07-2006, 01:13 PM   #6
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Get the specs on your motherboard,lappy,specifically sata chip used and check SW web install page for what controllers different boot disks support. Looking at boot disks just makes it easier to pick correct kernel during install. linux-on-laptops may have helpful install notes. Good luck.
 
Old 03-23-2006, 03:12 PM   #7
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Seeing same issue

I'm having the same issue. Right before I enter fdisk (or cfdisk for that matter) I get a message saying I cannot write to the partition table. Then /hda show only 668MB.

I'm wondering if it's showing my CD drive? Is that possible? I have a SATA drive and tried looking for /sda etc with no luck. Also there is no /hdb listed ethier.

This drive had winXP and 2003 server on it, but both partitions have since deleted.

Any ideas?
 
Old 03-24-2006, 11:32 AM   #8
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Figured it out

You DO need to add sata.i to the first string upon laoding the setup disc.

Don't use hda, as SATA drives show up as sha drives (same as SCSI)

That worked for me.

-EW
 
  


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