ATA HDD installer issue

Pascal Groenen pascal at
Fri Jul 8 17:57:11 GMT 2005

I noticed a similar thing with a similar HD. I went with the FreeBSD 
suggestion and it resulted in a corrupted HD. I would just go with the 
Disk/BIOS settings. I did that before for other disks and never had issues 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "J. Nyhuis" <cabal at>
To: <freebsd-stable at>
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2005 7:38 PM
Subject: Q: ATA HDD installer issue

> Greetings,
>  I am installing FreeBSD 5.4 on a system using a Seagate Barracuda (Model 
> ST380011A) 80GB drive.  This drive has 38297 cylinders, 16 heads, and 255 
> sectors (this is identified both on a label on the drive and by the BIOS 
> IDE auto-detect).
>  The FreeBSD installer make it to the disk partitioning screen, and 
> produces an error stating that my drive parameters are wrong, and that I 
> should manually correct them.  When I enter the parameters 38297/16/255 
> (cylinders/heads/sectors), it tells me that the parameters are wrong and 
> refuses to take my input.
>  The hardware manual states that the drive parameters for fdisk should be 
> what is reported in the BIOS (which they are, in this case).
>  Ideas?
>  Thanks,
> John H. Nyhuis
> Sr. Computer Specialist
> Dept. of Pediatrics
> HS RR349B, Box 356320
> University of Washington
> Desk: (206)-685-3884
> cabal at
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