Help!: 160 gig only seen as 152 gig??

Larry Rosenman ler at
Wed Nov 26 21:14:49 PST 2003

On Thu, 27 Nov 2003, Dragoncrest wrote:

> 	I have a Freebsd workstation running 4.9 on an Epox 8k9A2+ MB and the
> silly thing sees my brand new Western Digital HD as 160gig in the bios, but
> BSD only sees it as 152gig.  Now 8 gig isn't all that bad of a thing to
> loose on a drive that big, but still, it's too weird that I would be unable
> to get to that last 8 gig.  When going into Fdisk I get the error that the
> geometry on the drive is wrong and it suggests a much more appropriate,
> albeit smaller, geometry.  Is this something I'm doing wrong in setting up
> the drive, or is this a limitation or problem in BSD?  Or is it simply a
> limitation of the hardware?  I'm not going to cry over 8 gigs lost, but I
> would really like to know if there's something that can be done to fix
> this, or am I kinda SOL?
Drive manufacturers use base 10 Gig (1,000,000,000), and FreeBSD uses
base 2 gig (1024*1024*1024).

Your drive is fine.

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