Bug 466793 - installer fails to recognize large SATA drives during installation
installer fails to recognize large SATA drives during installation
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: parted (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Joel Andres Granados
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-10-13 12:54 EDT by Greg Hosler
Modified: 2009-12-18 01:33 EST (History)
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1st 1024 bytes of the disk in question (1.00 KB, application/octet-stream)
2008-10-14 15:07 EDT, Greg Hosler
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Description Greg Hosler 2008-10-13 12:54:45 EDT
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)
        was unreadable.

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...

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How reproducible:

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.

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Expected results:

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Comment 1 Greg Hosler 2008-10-13 13:34:53 EDT
I should hasten to add that adding "libata.ignore_hpa=1" as a boot parameter did not help
Comment 2 Chris Lumens 2008-10-14 13:21:23 EDT
I'm guessing that 'parted /dev/sda p' doesn't show work either.
Comment 3 Joel Andres Granados 2008-10-14 14:04:50 EDT
If you have the first 1024 bytes of that disk, I would like to see it.  that will let me perform some test.
Comment 4 Greg Hosler 2008-10-14 15:05:10 EDT
[root@localhost ~]# parted /dev/sda p
Error: Can't have overlapping partitions.                                 
Information: Don't forget to update /etc/fstab, if necessary.
Comment 5 Greg Hosler 2008-10-14 15:07:55 EDT
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
Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2008-11-25 22:49:36 EST
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:
Comment 7 Greg Hosler 2008-12-05 09:59:23 EST
Add'l information...

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).
Comment 8 Joel Andres Granados 2009-01-21 11:30:36 EST

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.
Comment 9 Joel Andres Granados 2009-06-12 07:57:30 EDT
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.
Comment 10 Joel Andres Granados 2009-07-22 08:50:45 EDT
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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