Big hard disks?

The Thodes aspiesrule at
Fri Apr 30 18:59:35 PDT 2004

Actually, the boot isn't a problem, since I am using the stock HD for boot,
root, and /var, only relying on the big HD for /usr and /home
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Martin Welk" <mw at>
To: "The Thodes" <aspiesrule at>
Cc: <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 3:31 PM
Subject: Re: Big hard disks?

> 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
> > large hard drive support?  The machine is an AT&T Globalyst 515
> > 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.
> Regards,
> Martin
> -- 
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