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Computer vs human - computer is winning Feb. 7th, 2005 12:55 pm
Anyone know what the maximum HDD size that debian can use is?

Can any other distro use anything bigger?

Having real trouble with 250GB drives here...

From: zotz
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 12:56 pm (Link)
My 200 ran straight out fo the box.
From: babysimon
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 01:01 pm (Link)
I'm using a 200GB SATA drive in cordelia. All one partition, too. That's using the new sarge installer, and xfs filesystem.

What problems are you having?
From: wechsler
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 01:12 pm (Link)
3.0r4 installer's cfdisk (2.11n) is only recognising the drives as ~ 137400MB
From: babysimon
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 01:56 pm (Link)
Maybe it's an old kernel? You're not using the woody default 2.2.x kernel are you?

http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2003/08/msg00000.html

At the risk of sounding contentious, you should consider the sarge release candidate. The installer has got a lot better.
From: wechsler
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 02:03 pm (Link)
I'm using the bf24 install kernel. Personally I'd be happy with the testing distro if I was sure it'd work once I'd spent a few more hours downloading it.
From: babysimon
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 02:06 pm (Link)
I think the minor revision number is important here. Google suggests it should be >19 or so (slightly conflicting reports).

Re stability, I'm currently running testing on my workstation, home server, mythbox, work svn server, work development server, and work image library server. I'm happy with its stability.
(no subject) - (Anonymous)
From: deliberateblank
Date: February 8th, 2005 - 05:21 pm (Link)
The thing I never liked about the netinstall is that it brings up network interfaces to download extra stuff, then run the system with network services enabled, without first allowing you to configure any packet filtering.
From: wechsler
Date: February 8th, 2005 - 01:34 pm (Link)
The server is now:
a) sarge
b) working

Thanks!

What does the kernel think about it?

From: bondagewoodelf
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 02:15 pm (Link)
What does the kernel think about it?

(assuming it's hda).

cat /proc/pci/hda/capacity
cat /proc/pci/hda/geometry
cat /proc/pci/hda/settings




From: silenttex
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 01:11 pm (Link)
Computer vs human - computer is winning
If it's any consolation, my PC always beats me at chess... but it's no match when it comes to kickboxing.

Problems with big disks

From: bondagewoodelf
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 01:11 pm (Link)
I've personally had problems with fdisk (in debian testing) because
it didn't want to address over 64k cylinders. However, cfdisk worked fine.
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From: wechsler
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 01:30 pm (Link)
The bios happily sees them as 250GB
From: wechsler
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 01:31 pm (Link)
Uh, those are SCSI disks, right?

These are ATA
From: babysimon
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 02:04 pm (Link)
A bit more digging suggests you need an ATA-133 controller for >137GB. That was the last ATA standard before SATA.
From: wechsler
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 02:08 pm (Link)
*nods* that's what I'd have thought from what I've dug up so far, but the bios is reporting 251.0GB ... ?
From: babysimon
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 02:13 pm (Link)
I *think* that means your hardware is OK.

Note that the BIOS can have a 137Gb limit that isn't present in the drive controller (in which case BIOS reports wrong values but everything otherwise works). I'm not sure if the other way round is possible.
From: babysimon
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 01:44 pm (Link)
I think 2T is the limit for ext2/ext3. I think XFS/JFS/Reiser have (much) higher limits.
From: silenttex
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 01:15 pm (Link)
Don't know much about Linux systems, but I do recall that some ATA controllers had a 137Gb limit.
I doubt if that helps you much. Sorry.
From: drdoug
Date: February 7th, 2005 - 01:39 pm (Link)
Computer vs human - computer is winning

*grin* The computer might get ahead on points from time to time, but the human maintains control of the Big Red Switch should the computer get ideas ...