[Bug 210572] Installer does not fully identify discs in multiple-disc system

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Sat Jun 25 14:27:58 UTC 2016


            Bug ID: 210572
           Summary: Installer does not fully identify discs in
                    multiple-disc system
           Product: Base System
           Version: 10.3-STABLE
          Hardware: amd64
                OS: Any
            Status: New
          Severity: Affects Some People
          Priority: ---
         Component: misc
          Assignee: freebsd-bugs at FreeBSD.org
          Reporter: scratch65535 at att.net
                CC: freebsd-amd64 at FreeBSD.org
                CC: freebsd-amd64 at FreeBSD.org

This is a significant human-factors issue.

Installing 10.3 to a system with 4 motherboard SATA ports and a re-flashed
M1015 8-port SAS controller card, all fully populated with disks, I realised
that the disc identifier offered is the *model number*, which is not at all
useful when there are several discs of the same model installed.  Since the
bios and the os don't necessarily agree on the device ordering, I had no way of
reliably picking out my intended install disc.  I had to shut down, disconnect
the data cables from every disc but the ones to the dvd drive and the install
disc, and then restart.

If the installer showed the model number, size, AND the existing partitions,
the problem I had would not have arisen.

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