> All my disks have bootblocks and (spare) boot partitions.  All the
> bootblocks are DD mode.  I don't see any point in using obsolete fdisk
> tables.  (There's IMHO only one purpose obsolete fdisk tables are good
> for, co-operation with other operating systems in the same machine.
> None of my machines uses anything else than FreeBSD.)

There are very good reasons NOT to use DD mode if you use certain types
of Adaptec SCSI controllers - they simply won't boot from DD.

Aside from that, FreeBSD needs to have *one* recommendation for disks,
anything else creates too much confusion. It is certainly my impression
that the recommendation has been NOT using DD for the IA32 architecture
for quite a while now.

(The other day a coworker of mine wanted to use DD for some IBM DTLA
disks, because he'd heard that the disks performed better that way -
something to do with scatter-gather not working right unless you used
DD. I'm highly skeptical about this since I have my own measurements
from IBM DTLA disks partitioned the normal way, ie. NOT DD, and they
show the disks performing extremely well. Anybody else want to comment
on this?)

Steinar Haug, Nethelp consulting, [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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