On Sat, Oct 04, 2008 at 04:43:14AM -0700, Don O'Neil wrote:
> I just swapped out an old 500G disk with a 1TB one and I'm trying to label
> it and mount it...
> If I run bsdlabel -w ad4, I get:
> bsdlabel: Geom not found
> If I run sysinstall, it tells me that it can't write to the disk.
> I've tried an old 'bypass': sysctl kern.geom.debugflags=16, but that didn't
> 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.
did you try doing a dd to the disk? Sometimes a new unwritten disk
seems to need it. I don't know why. It is mentioned in the man
page for bsdlabel - near the bottom in an example.
dd f=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad4 bs=512 count=1000
or something like that.
I have run in to this a couple of times in the past where the dd
seemed to fix it.
Anyway, it is getting near Halloween, so these mystery fixes may
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