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Re: Open Firmware and External 2TB HDD

On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:47:49AM -0700, bfb@riseup.net wrote:
> Hello there,
> I have been struggling to boot Debian-PPC from a new 2TB Baracuda HDD with
> a Seagate GoFlex controller... FOR DAYS!
> I am using a Powerbook G4 with OSX 10.3.4
> The details:
> When I boot off a Live Ubuntu CD I am able to see and mount the external
> hard drive (/dev/sdb). The disk partitions look like... 1.Disk Map
> 2.Apple_Bootstrap 3.ext4 4.swap
> So I run the ybin on /dev/sdb2 (the apple_bootstrap partition) from the
> Ubuntu live bootable... Everything goes well, blessed with holy penguin
> pee, etc....
> When I give the cmd+opt+o+f command on start up to load the Open Firmware
> interface problems happen. I try the 'dev / ls' command for the device
> tree. The external hard drive does not show up under any of the usb tree
> members. However, Open Firmware is able to "see" my 2GB thumb drive on the
> device tree just fine.
> When I boot to OSX I am able to see the external peachy with pdisk -L (it
> comes in as /dev/rdisk1 and all 4 partitions are present).
> Any thoughts on the matter would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks much, bfb

Is the partition table on the 2TB disk in apple partition format
(not GPT)?

I have seen some mentions of holding the alt key at boot and having
the option to boot from a USB drive, but not being able to make it the
default boot drive.

Len Sorensen

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