9.0-RELEASE amd64 Bricked My Hard Drive
wblock at wonkity.com
Fri Jan 6 14:45:29 UTC 2012
On Thu, 5 Jan 2012, Bill Tillman wrote:
> Well the install finished and
> then I attempted to reboot the system but nothing happened. And by that I
> mean the computer's flash screen would come up and give me the choice
> to enter the Bios Setup or Boot Menu and that's all.
The BIOS on some systems expects a particular partition layout. In the
old days, Compaq had a BIOS partition on the disk. Today, there are
there are still weird things that can be vendor-specific. Or new
standards like UEFI.
So the problem could be specific to that particular computer model or
brand. Attaching the drive to a USB to IDE adapter might avoid the
problem, allowing a boot from another drive. Before rewriting the
do-nothing drive, use 'gpart show' or fdisk to see the partition layout
that is the problem.
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