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vivanguarda 02-17-2013 01:21 PM

Hd Recognition - Boot Problem
Good afternoon!!!

I am trying to install a slackware_64_14 release and I'm having a hd recognition problem.

At first I realized a difference in fdisk steps, so +1G logical swap creation reply something about Gbit anf Gbyte. Strange!!!

After that, I did the desired install, but now it is not possible start the system, so it stops in initial motherboard messages screen and sata hd is not seen. I tryed another sata hd install and occurred the same problem.

Unfortunately, it is not possible a Crdom drive boot to run a low level formatting Seatools or Estool repair.

Can FDisk have killed the hd sata drive? Can I do something in boot motherboard requirements or boot sequence ?

lkraemer 02-17-2013 01:59 PM

I always like to have a CDR burnt/handy of Gparted.

I stick that in my DVD Drive and boot directly from the CDR before I install any Distro. Then I just select manual when installing my Distro. Gparted will Display the current Partitions and easily allow you to do what is needed before you do the actual install. You may want to give it a try to see what it tells you.

Typically your first Partition will be "/" with something in the order of 15-30 Gig. The remainder of
Hard Drive space, Minus 2 times RAM, will be "/home/user", and the remaining 2*RAM is your "Swap".
But, this can vary as you require. You may make the first partition just one complete space, or
use one Partition with Swap which is typical 2*RAM.

REMEMBER there is a MAXIMUM of 4 Primary Partitions on any one Physical Drive. But, you can also have
Logical partitions with several partitions inside the Logical Partition.

If you are setting up a dual boot, then be careful to not destroy the OS that boots first, along with it's MBR.

Most Motherboards/BIOS now days will boot from the DVD/CDR Drive or USB, in the Order they are selected in
the BIOS.


vivanguarda 02-17-2013 03:24 PM


Thanks for fast reply! But I have never been a partitioning problem. I used fdisk for long time and I curious about this twice RAM quantity, but it is another topic, ok! At the moment, I am looking for a way hd sata to be seen in Asus motherboard start!

Can you help me?

lkraemer 02-17-2013 03:42 PM

It's possible something could have happened to your Hard Drive. It might not be spinning up, something on the Circuit Board
may have became defective. If the drive is functional, it should be detected by the BIOS on your motherboard.

Again I'd suggest getting a CDR of Gparted, boot it and see if your drive is detected by Gparted. If Gparted doesn't
detect the Drive, it's possible it just failed. If Gparted detects the drive, you could always try to partition it again.

If you think the drive is defective, download the manufactuers Diagnostics and run them on the drive, or try Spinrite from
the Hiren's Boot CD or Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD). I forget exactly which ISO (CDR) contains Spinrite. (I think ONLY Spinrite 6
supports SATA Drives.)


vivanguarda 02-18-2013 06:02 AM

I changed Bios Sata and it is running in AHCI option. I am very curious and fdisk is my goal. So I did another slack14_64 install and used slack 13.37 cd during partitioning steps. After a 512M swap there wasn`t message about +G or +M choose in a sense of wrong partitioning. At end sata driver was recognized, slack 14 is functioning and I am returned Sata bios option.

What`s a problem about it?

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