[RndTbl] drive partitioning for Linux install

Mike Pfaiffer mpfaiffer at callapple.org
Sat Oct 8 22:44:27 CDT 2005

On October 8, 2005 09:05 pm, Trevor Cordes wrote this amazing epistle:
> On  4 Oct, Dan Martin wrote:
> > It turns out that my BIOS and ATA interface cannot handle HDs bigger
> > than 137 GB, so I am switching my new larger drives to another computer
> > and using its drives in the P3 - ie, lots of copying drives and
> > partitions.
> The easiest way to get big drives working on even ancient computers is
> get a PCI IDE card.  Many options are available in the $40-$60 range and
> they almost all work with linux OOB.  As for SATA, I've had nothing but
> grief with cheap SATA cards and would recommend staying away from them,
> esp if you're using FC which seems to be the worst for SATA.

 The USB solution I mentioned a while ago works on fairly new machines. It may 
work on older machines as well (I haven't tried it yet). A friend running M$ 
said he tried a 200GB drive under ME and it would only see 137 GB as well. He 
ended up returning it for a 120. Later he got another 200 (internal this 
time) ME only saw the 137 GB like before, but Chris and I managed to get 
Linux installed on the rest of the drive. It worked until he had to reinstall 
ME. Since 137 GB seems to be common, there may be a possibility putting the 
big drive in a USB box (again around $40.00) could get around the limitation 
of the BIOS as long as it's not a M$ drive.

 Drop by with the machine (or pick me up to go to the machine) and we can test 
it out with mine. It's not going to be terribly fast but it does for storage 
and watching video.


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