8.2-RC1: installer does not recognize some disks properly

Chris Brennan xaero at xaerolimit.net
Wed Dec 29 16:00:18 UTC 2010

On Tue, Dec 28, 2010 at 8:49 PM, Claus Assmann
<freebsd+stable at esmtp.org<freebsd%2Bstable at esmtp.org>
> wrote:

> I just tried to install 8.2-RC1 (amd64) on one of my machines.  It
> has two disks: WDC WD1001FALS-4 and SAMSUNG HD103SJ, both 1TB SATA
> disks. The installer shows them as ad10 and ad8. Both disks are
> already in use and have been "formatted" via fdisk, e.g., the Samsung
> (ad10) has 3 partitions (BF, A9, A8)) and the WDC has 4 (A6, BF,
> A5, A9).  However, the installer only shows the existing partitions
> for the Samsung, but not for the WDC. The WDC is the boot disk and
> has a Grub loader installed. What could be the reason that the
> existing partitioning is not recognized by the installer?

I've got a similar issue via the thread about a 2y/o laptop and a new hard
drive. Linux sees the drive fine and can use it but freebsd cannot for some

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