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HD capacity limitation for Linux?
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Yogi

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PostPosted: Thu 17 Nov 2005, 12:18    Post subject:  HD capacity limitation for Linux?  

I would like to build my own PC with a 250GB HD and run it exclusively with a Puppy live CD. Tiger Direct has a great deal on a Seagate HD but being an ex-windows user I'm aware of the following:

Please Note: In order to properly access the full capacity of an ATA interface hard drive or partition larger than 137GB and properly support 48-bit logical block addressing, Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 are required. This issue does not affect SCSI hard drives.

Is this an issue I need to be concerned with using Puppy? If not, how do I perform the initial format so it's usable under Puppy? Thanks.
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MU


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PostPosted: Thu 17 Nov 2005, 12:29    Post subject:  

I have a 200 Gig USB-Harddisk, just works fine.
I set up several partitions, the largest is 70 GB.

I made 3 primary partitions of 10 GB (you can choose which one is "active" if you want to boot from that), and one extended with some logical drives in it.

I used this program:
http://www.murga.org/%7Epuppy/viewtopic.php?t=3444

Some people prefer the grafical qtparted, that comes with many live-CDs like knoppix or mepsis.
http://www.murga.org/%7Epuppy/viewtopic.php?t=3438&highlight=qtparted

There also is a program for Puppy in development:
http://www.murga.org/%7Epuppy/viewtopic.php?t=3261
It has bugs, so don't use it on harddrives with important files on it. But as you set up a new drive, use it, and give some feedback to the developper to help improving it.

Read here for some basics (create a swapfile and more):
http://www.murga.org/%7Epuppy/viewtopic.php?t=2355
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aahhaaa


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PostPosted: Thu 17 Nov 2005, 12:59    Post subject:  

just an FYI note for others reading this thread-
there is also an issue with older mobos in BIOS supporting LBA for huge HDs...
For a while large HDs were sold with a special card like the Promise TX2 to solve this. Sometimes it didn't.
Card is interesting however, in that it adds 2 more EIDE connectors to the machine. No idea if the card works in Linux tho.
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PostPosted: Thu 17 Nov 2005, 16:29    Post subject:  

aahhaaa wrote:
just an FYI note...there is also an issue with older mobos in BIOS supporting LBA for huge HDs...

Yes, I read about that when I ran into the 137 GB Windows limit without warning when I put in a new 200GB hard drive. To make things as confusing as possible, I believe the BIOS limit is around the same size as the Windows limit, but not exactly the same.
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PostPosted: Thu 17 Nov 2005, 21:47    Post subject:  

Having just installed a 200GB drive its XP SP2, not SP1. Puppy recognised it as 200GB.
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PostPosted: Sun 20 Nov 2005, 19:44    Post subject:  

I beleave the 2.4 kernel will do a 2TB HD size ( could be bigger ).
Win98 will see >137GB as said with a controller card, or some motherboards have drivers that fix 98, VIA is one of them, I have a 160GB & 98 sees all of it after installing the VIA miniport driver.
Other MB makes probably have them too, or there's a driver for $10 made by Rudolph Loe I beleave his name was.
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