jerrymc at msu.edu
Sat Feb 2 08:58:27 PST 2008
On Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 07:44:10PM -0500, Aryeh M. Friedman wrote:
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> Bnw CmpRpr wrote:
> > Hi. I recently purchased a HDD from a man that runs a data center, and
> on this HDD is FreeBSD. My problem is I want it off, and for some
> ungodly reason, it keeps coming back. I cant format the drive with
> Windows, and I cant load it as a slave to format, either. Any help would
> be greatly appreciated. Thanks
> > -
> > M White
> > Black and White Computer Repair
> The following assumes the drive is /dev/ad0 (the OS name for it) and
> it is modern enough to not get confused by a low level format... boot
> in single user mode (item 4 on the menu) and at the command line do:
> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 bs=512 count=1
> This will clear the MBR partition table and make the machine think it
> is a brand new drive.
THis should work OK.
You might want to download the disk 1 ISO and burn a CD and
use it to boot and run the fixit to run the dd command as above.
If it is not ad0, it might be da0 (if it is SCSI or SAS)
It could also be ad1 or da1 if it is the second disk in the system -
not disks are numbered starting at 0.
> - --
> Aryeh M. Friedman
> FloSoft Systems, Java Tool Developers
> Developer, not business, friendly
> "Free software != Free beer"
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