>>> I've tried an old 'bypass': sysctl kern.geom.debugflags=16, but that 
>>> didn't help.
>>> Can anyone help me get this new disk installed without having to boot 
>>> off a recovery CD? The server is 500 miles away from me and I don't 
>>> have direct console access.
>> Uhmm... This may seem silly, but did you use fdisk to create a slice 
>> first before you tried partitioning?
>this is NOT needed. actually i don't do it anywhere.
>it just may be sysinstall problem, anything else.

I tried using fdisk first, same problem, won't let me write to the disk.

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