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Bug#260225: Sarge installer not recognising partition table for disk larger than 137GB

On Tue, Jul 20, 2004 at 10:33:18AM +1000, Sara Falamaki wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 19, 2004 at 04:15:36PM -0400, Rick Thomas wrote:
> > I don't know if this is relevant, but some IDE controllers only
> > recognize the first 128 GB(binary) = 137*10^9 bytes.
> > 
> > Is it possible that your controller has two modes?  Windows uses one
> > mode that recognizes the whole disk, and Linux uses the other
> > (compatibility?) mode that only recognizes the first 137 GB(decimal)...?

> Doubt it, as the problem doesn't seem to be recognising the whole
> disk, 4 parts appear under /dev/discs/disc1/ as expected.

The appearance of device nodes under /dev does not guarantee that these
partitions are accessible or usable under Linux.  The Linux kernel is
actually much more forgiving than parted when it comes to invalid
partition tables; if the partition table says the partition is there,
the kernel will accept this, until you try to access it.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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