Problem running fdisk via sysinstall
cheeks at swcp.com
Thu Jun 24 02:11:55 UTC 2010
Since I don't have any other ideas yet, I'll give that a try. I'll
let you know if it works tomorrow if it has finished by then :-)
On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 07:46:38PM -0400, Nicholas Mills wrote:
> I'm certainly no expert, but I think I can point you in the right
> direction. The system appears to be attempting to read from a GPT
> stored on the disk from when you used it on Linux. I'm not sure of the
> specifics, but I do know that some GPT info is stored near the end of
> the drive. The easy (but slow) solution would be to use dd to write
> zeros to the entire drive (da1).
> Hope this helps,
> On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 7:28 PM, Mark Costlow <cheeks at swcp.com>
> I hope this question isn't too stupid.
> I have a machine with a 3Ware RAID card, with 4 SATA drives
> 2 drives are 250GB in a RAID1 volume, and act as the boot disk with
> a standard freebsd partiction map (/, /var, /usr, and swap on this
> The other 2 drives are 1TB in a RAID1 volume, intended to be mounted
> as a separate data partition. At boot both volumes are recognized:
> Jun 22 18:38:51 ebi7 kernel: da0 at twa0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
> Jun 22 18:38:51 ebi7 kernel: da0: <AMCC 9550SX-4LP DISK 3.08> Fixed
> Direct Access SCSI-5 device
> Jun 22 18:38:51 ebi7 kernel: da0: 100.000MB/s transfers
> Jun 22 18:38:51 ebi7 kernel: da0: 238408MB (488259584 512 byte
> sectors: 255H 63S/T 30392C)
> Jun 22 18:38:51 ebi7 kernel: da1 at twa0 bus 0 target 1 lun 0
> Jun 22 18:38:51 ebi7 kernel: da1: <AMCC 9550SX-4LP DISK 3.08> Fixed
> Direct Access SCSI-5 device
> Jun 22 18:38:51 ebi7 kernel: da1: 100.000MB/s transfers
> Jun 22 18:38:51 ebi7 kernel: da1: 953664MB (1953103872 512 byte
> sectors: 255H 63S/T 121575C)
> da0 is fine, and the system boots off of it with no problem.
> When I try to add da1 to the system, I get the following:
> * Run systinstall, Configure, Fdisk, select da1
> * Get the friendly warning about the large geometry, click "Yes"
> * Hit "A" to use entire disk. Hit "W" to save, click "Yes",
> select "None" for boot record.
> * Fdisk says: "Wrote FDISK partition information out successfully."
> * Per handbook, get out of sysinstall and re-run it, then
> try to Label. In the label editor, it knows nothing about
> da1 (the device can be selected when going into the label
> editor, but I can't create any partitions).
> At the time when Fdisk says "Wrote FDISK partition information out,
> successfully." this gets logged to /var/log/messages:
> Jun 23 17:11:18 ebi7 kernel: GEOM: da1: corrupt or invalid GPT
> Jun 23 17:11:18 ebi7 kernel: GEOM: da1: GPT rejected -- may not be
> I've tried several variations, including running the command-line
> equivalents, but keep hitting this same error (fdisk thinks
> is good, but the GPT error is logged). I've also noticed that
> /dev/da1 exists, but there is no /dev/da1s1 or /dev/da1s1e ... I'm
> not sure when those should get created.
> And the final possibly-relevant tidbit: these drives used to be
> part of a different RAID on a linux system. They've been
> into the RAID card on this system, and I've zero'd the first 1k of
> the volume with dd, so I don't *think* that should be a factor.
> I've worked with about a dozen systems with the same hardware in
> the configuration outlined above and haven't seen this problem
> before. But I'm usually using fresh new disks so maybe it matters.
> I've googled this issue and found several people reporting similar
> symptoms over the years, but haven't found any posted solutions
> aside from telling people to read geom(8).
> Any hints or clue-by-fours?
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