Trying to install 5.3b7 on the second slice of a Seagate ST380013AS SATA 80G drive.
Drive was originally partitioned from NT to have an 8G NTFS slice at the front, with the rest left open for FBSD.
When I boot off a CD (image created from downloaded iso image), start the install, and go to allocate the freebsd slice, it reports 155061/16/63 ad4 and says the geometry is invalid
If I go ahead and attempt to partition, I see Geometry ad4 9729 cylinders/255 heads/63 sectors = 156296385 sectors (76316MB) Offset Size(St) End Name PType Desc SubType Flags 0 63 62 -- 12 unused 0 63 16386237 16386299 ad4s1 4 NTFS/HPFS/QNX 7 16386300 139915188 156301487 -- 12 unused 0
F1 help suggests running tools/pfdisk, for which there appears to be no documentation, but which appears to be a very old tool applicable only to disks smaller than 8G and not using LBA.
1. Is the geometry (155061/16/63) really invalid? Given the 1024 cyl limitation, it doesn't look to me like the modified geometry (9729/255/63) assumed? by fdisk is any better, since both 155061 and 9729 are > 1024. In any case, the drive uses LBA, so why is this an issue and even being reported? 2. Do I really want to reset it? Is that even relevant when LBA is being used? 3. Is pfdisk and geometry even relevant for disks > 8G?
Decided to abort the install until I had this straightened out, but I'm guessing I should just forge ahead and disregard the geometry complaints?
Thanks for any insights,
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