Re: partitioning for dual boot
On Tue, 12 Jul 2005 23:43, Dave Love wrote:
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > No big deal. Eat the disk label by using dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sd??
> > count=1 bs=1M in the installer's spare command console; then recreate
> > it with the parted partition editor.
> Parted and fdisk both produce bad labels as far as Solaris is
> concerned. However, I think I just potted the problem. The same sort
> of disk in another machine running Solaris reports:
> Volume name = < >
> ascii name = <SUN36G cyl 24620 alt 2 hd 27 sec 107>
> pcyl = 24622
> ncyl = 24620
> acyl = 2
> nhead = 27
> nsect = 107
> whereas the fdisk-created one has
> Disk /dev/sda (Sun disk label): 27 heads, 107 sectors, 10025 rpm
> 24622 cylinders, 2 alternate cylinders, 24624 physical cylinders
> i.e. it seems to be confusing cylinders and physical cylinders. I'm
> not sure whether parted chose these or whether I was confused in
> copying them from the Solaris version when I re-labelled. However,
> the disk was originally running Solaris and got trashed by the
> installer when I added the linux partitions.
> The fdisk `c' and `y' commands don't actually work to change these.
> `p' shows new values, but `w' doesn't actually save them.
I had the same problem exactly with my 73Gb drives in the 'blade 1k - I
couldn't get the CHS settings to change and stay put after a reset.
Kill off the "whole disk" partition, exit fdisk, restart fdisk, set the CHS,
write the partition table back to disk, restart fdisk, recreate partition 3
(whole disk), write the partition table back to disk, restart fdisk, create
your desired partitions, etc....
Long laborious process, but it worked for me on the 1K.