Fdisk disagreas with BIOS over 120GB drive.
jdarnold at buddydog.org
Tue Aug 19 13:29:15 PDT 2003
Robert Stickney wrote:
> Fdisk (using /stand/sysinstall) disagrees with the values my bios is
> reporting. My BIOS reports that my 120GB drive has this geometry: 59131
> Cylendars, 16 Heads, and 255 sectors. The drive is an IBM deskstar. When i
> try to enter the correct geometry, Fdisk gives me the message below.
> ---------start message---------
> WARNING: A geometry of 59131/16/255 for ad2 is incorrect. Using
> a more likely geometry. If this geometry is incorrect or you
> are unsure as to whether or not it's correct, please consult
> the Hardware Guide in the Documentation submenu or use the
> (G)eometry command to change it now.
> Remember: you need to enter whatever your BIOS thinks the
> geometry is! For IDE, it's what you were told in the BIOS
> setup. For SCSI, it's the translation mode your controller is
> using. Do NOT use a ``physical geometry''.
> [ OK ]
> Press enter or space
> ----------end message----------
In May, I installed a new, additional hard drive and documented it
in my FreeBSD blog. I too got the same "error", with my new 40gb hard
drive (US$29 after rebate at OfficeMax - I couldn't resist!). As I
explain in it, I just let it go with its numbers and things seem to
be working fine.
Jonathan Arnold (mailto:jdarnold at buddydog.org)
Daemon Dancing in the Dark, a FreeBSD blog:
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