scsi raid geometry high-point rocketraid 1640

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Mon Apr 30 02:44:44 UTC 2007

> Hi,
> I have a raidcontroller high-point 1640 with 4 disks of 400 GB in a raid 5
> array given me 1200 GB. The bios utility of the controller zero build the
> array with 64 kb
> FDISK says that the geometry is 145923/255/63 and it is incorrect. Then it
> says that for scsi it is the translation mode the raid controller is using.

Usually you want to accept what fdisk does.  Just make the slices
that you want.   Geometry is virtual on these systems.

> How do I find this?
> If I continue with the defaults I only get 1144654 MB like missing 100 GB.

Well, I would expect you to get something less than 1,490 GB just from
the difference between the manufacturer use of GB (1,000,000,000 Bytes)
and the way the OS uses GB (1,073,741,824 Bytes).   

I don't know how much the raidcontroller eats up to manage
the raid.  Raid 5 takes a piece for its redundancy/error
correction.  A raid 5 would eat at least 20% and maybe up to 30% if it
is rather inefficient.   

After that you will lose some because of inconvenient remnants of space 
that doesn't get used.   Then, there are amounts for superblocks and other 
aspects of building a filesystem, etc.  I think that tends to be around 10%

So, your number seems somewhat probable, offhand, without detailed 

What operations did you do to get to that point?   Mine would be an
fdisk that makes one slice of the entire device, a bsdlabel that
divides the slice in to about 6 partitions (including swap) and
a newfs on each partition except swap.


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