Making a disk bootable...

John-Mark Gurney gurney_j at
Mon Jul 14 10:02:59 PDT 2003

Ian Freislich wrote this message on Mon, Jul 14, 2003 at 18:48 +0200:
> I've just tried this dd'ing /dev/zero over the front of the disk
> first to no avail (the probed geometry is the geometry that fdisk
> used anyway).  I also tried your much loved ficticious geometry of
> 255H 64S and that didn't work.  It's a RPITA.  In the end I dangerously
> dedicated the disk and that works.

One thing you might of been missing is making sure that the type in
the disklabel was set properly.  For scsi, it must be SCSI, and for
IDE it must be IDE or ESDI.  I had problems with this too.

  John-Mark Gurney				Voice: +1 415 225 5579

     "All that I will do, has been done, All that I have, has not."

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