On Mon, 15 Dec 2003 23:37:44 +0100, Richard Zidlicky wrote:

> !!! WARNING !!! Kernel 2.4.18 (probably anything <2.4.21)
> will eat filesystems on disks>137GB.

Read in Documentation/ide.txt of the Linux kernel sources:
How To Use *Big* ATA/IDE drives with Linux
The ATA Interface spec for IDE disk drives allows a total of 28 bits
(8 bits for sector, 16 bits for cylinder, and 4 bits for head) for addressing
individual disk sectors of 512 bytes each (in "Linear Block Address" (LBA)
mode, there is still only a total of 28 bits available in the hardware).
This "limits" the capacity of an IDE drive to no more than 128GB (Giga-bytes).
All current day IDE drives are somewhat smaller than this upper limit, and
within a few years, ATAPI disk drives will raise the limit considerably.

I suppose your 'Gb' was 10^9 bytes one (the one HD manufacturers use in
their spec to make your believe that you got a bigger HD) and not the
-true- 1024^3 bytes Giga-byte, so I guess you simply hit the 128Gb limit
as described in the doc...


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