“Except for the most recent kernels, Linux will only see 137 GB out of the 156 GB on the the Maxtor “160 Gigabyte” Diamondmax 540T drives. I found nothing on the Maxtor or RedHat web sites about this, but a search of the Linux Kernel mailing list produced a number of references to a patch which was purported to work by some people.” Read the article at NBer.org.
Get a 156 GB Linux Partition from a 160 GB IDE Drive
2002-06-02 Linux 6 Comments
but weren’t we not to long ago talking about linux reading several terabytes? why are we stuck at reading these few gigs on a common hardrive?
Because these are IDE’s issues. SCSI doesn’t have these limitations.
I bought two Maxtor drives that were supposed to be identical, but one was 14 GB and the other was 13.5 GB. Cylinders, heads and sectors were identical, but one was short. At first I thought that sector sparing was enabled on one and not the other, but I couldn’t find a utility to change it. Now I’m leaning towards believing that Maxtor uses some kind of “have your cake and eat it too” that attempts to do sector sparing without having to report one less cylinder. The oddity in the article might offer a vital clue.
These IDE/chipset/BIOS limitations still keep haunting me, even in the new millenium..
I wanted to have one of those 80 GB IDE drives as well, but it wouldn’t show up with full capacity on my dated mobo. Since pretty much everything in my system is SCSI apart from this drive, I attached it to an SCSI-IDE connector and – Voila !
well well it could help to use a ata133 controller for an
ata133 +137 gig hd as ata100 and below dont allow bigger hds atleast not the the specification .. that are over 137 gigs. ……
nice if there is a filesystem that can use them anyways..
typical hardware creators to limit to force people to upgrade…
i still wonder why maybe not make ide hds internally instead of the new serial ata, usb 2.0 seems good enough for hds? or am i out in the blue?
much easier to make them portable etc… and there is almost headers for 2-4 usb ports on almost all motherboards…
kinda didnt read the article so well at first…
well anyhow, so its not just the limit of the ata->100 that is a problem. some linux file systems dont support 137 gig+ hds ? humm
anyhow its atleast on the hardware side in my view often very thoughtfull so people have to upgrade… just like serial ata will be in 3 phases i cant se why they couldnt introduce phase 3 right away, if im not wrong its 400mbit and isnt that the usb 2.0 standard already?
ahh give me usb 2.0 hds………