Big hard disks?

Martin Welk mw at
Tue Apr 27 15:15:21 PDT 2004

On Tue, Apr 27, 2004 at 10:52:44AM -0500, The Thodes wrote:

> Does FreeBSD support using large hard disks on a machine which does not have
> large hard drive support?  The machine is an AT&T Globalyst 515 (486DX4/100,
> 24MB RAM, <500MB stock hard drive) and the drive is a Seagate ST38421A
> (8455MB U2).

Your kernel has to stay below the limitation of your BIOS. If that
condition is matched, the chances are good, that not only FreeBSD can
work with your disk, but your BIOS can boot FreeBSD from it :)

Some BIOSes tend to hang during drive recognition if the drive is bigger
than what's supported. Some BIOS manufacturers provide code updates that
fix this issue.

Simply try it.

      ,,Oh, there's a lot of opportunities, if you're knowing to take them,
                  you know, there's a lot of opportunities, if there aren't
                    you can make them, make or break them!'' (Tennant/Lowe)

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