Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 466793
installer fails to recognize large SATA drives during installation
Last modified: 2009-12-18 01:33:51 EST
Description of problem:
I have a Dell Latitude D620. I replaced the hard drive with a Hitachi HTS54252 250.0 GB drive.
The installer will start up, and then, before disk partitioning, I get a pop up box:
The partition table on device sda (ATA Hitachi HTS54252 238473 MB)
and then some comment about how the partiton table needs to be re-written and all data lost.
However. if I ALT-F2, and run fdisk -l at the command prompt, I see aproximately the following:
Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 25 200781 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 26 148 987997+ 82 Linux swap
/dev/sda3 149 271 987997+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 272 14593 115041465 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 272 394 987966 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 395 1124 5863693+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 1125 1247 987966 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 1248 1370 987966 83 Linux
/dev/sda9 1371 2100 5863693+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda10 2101 2223 987966 83 Linux
/dev/sda11 2224 2346 987966 83 Linux
/dev/sda12 2347 3076 5863693+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda13 3077 3199 987966 83 Linux
/dev/sda14 3200 3808 4891761 83 Linux
/dev/sda15 3809 30401 213608241 83 Linux
The above done on a running Fedora system, but I think it looked pretty much the same under anaconda.
So fdisk can read the partition table, but anaconda cannot...
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. From what I understand, this problem only happens with large disks, possibly
only on laptops. I believe that I was able to install Fedora on my home
system, and that has a disk bigger than this.
I should hasten to add that adding "libata.ignore_hpa=1" as a boot parameter did not help
I'm guessing that 'parted /dev/sda p' doesn't show work either.
If you have the first 1024 bytes of that disk, I would like to see it. that will let me perform some test.
[root@localhost ~]# parted /dev/sda p
Error: Can't have overlapping partitions.
Information: Don't forget to update /etc/fstab, if necessary.
Created attachment 320344 [details]
1st 1024 bytes of the disk in question
[root@localhost ~]# dd if=/dev/sda of=disk.out bs=1k count=1
1+0 records in
1+0 records out
1024 bytes (1.0 kB) copied, 0.0175793 s, 58.3 kB/s
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.
More information and reason for this action is here:
1) This problem still exists in F-10 GA
2) if I boot the F-10 GA into rescue, I get an error message about "you do not have any Linux partitions", when I get dropped into a shell, and do a "fdisk -l", I see all my partitions. (this essentially re-verifies the initial report).
Sorry for coming back to this so late. I have the first 1024 bytes and will test ASAP. I seem to remember a bug fix in upstream for this.
thx for the bugreport.
can you test with http://koji.fedoraproject.org/koji/taskinfo?taskID=1405593. Install the rpm from that link (whatever arch you are using) and try this command `parted /dev/DEVICE unit s print free`. This is the package that I think will work for you.
There is a new release of parted in rawhide. Its very similar to the one mentioned in comment #9. can you pls test with it (`parted DEVICE print free`) and post your results.
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