Weird disk problem
abonnema at xs4all.nl
Fri Jun 1 09:51:14 UTC 2007
I have been running FC for a long time now.
While switching from FC6 to FC7 I came across the following weird problem.
I have two 250G disks on SATA. Using QTParted I discovered the second
disk has a lot of free space (like 120G).
But QTParted refuses to do anything other than show its properties.
I can not use it to allocate a new partition, be it primary or extended.
All commands are greyed out.
So I thought, hey, I have still got fdisk.
But fdisk doesn't recofnize the space at all.
Neither as a partition, nor as free space.
Okee, so I started installing F7. As long as I leave that particular
piece of "free space" alone all is well.
But, if I want to define a new partition (primary, extended or logical)
the install utility anaconda crashes! And forces a reboot. And I have
no idea how to save the debug output it serves.
Who has any idea what I can look for?
I was thinking along the following lines:
1. Is it a hardware problem? How can I determin that? Or rather
2. If it is not hardware, what could it be?
===== start fdisk output ==============
[root at athene]~# fdisk /dev/sdb
The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 30401.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
(e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)
Command (m for help): p
Disk /dev/sdb: 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/sdb1 * 1 131 1052226 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2 132 11227 89128620 5 Extended
/dev/sdb3 11228 11358 1052257+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb4 11359 14622 26218080 83 Linux
/dev/sdb5 132 7964 62918541 83 Linux
/dev/sdb6 7965 11227 26210016 83 Linux
Command (m for help): n
No free sectors available
Command (m for help):
====== end fdisk output ===============
A.J. Bonnema, Leiden The Netherlands,
user #328198 (Linux Counter http://counter.li.org)
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