Subject: Re: Pain about disklabel
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg Earle <earle@isolar.Tujunga.CA.US>
Date: 01/10/1996 16:49:00
> Today I hooked up a new hard drive to my Pentium machine. Drive is for
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> NetBSD only. Thought all I had to do is to edit a disklabel and write that
> one. Disklabel reports me that there is an illegal DOS partition without
> NetBSD-id. The drive was never been partitioned under DOS, nor does
> DOS-fdisk report any partitions.
Undoubtedly because it's a "new hard drive", yes?
> I was lucky that I had a copy of the disklabel for the new drive, because
> on reboot the disklabel was empty and thus no partition found.
> Resurrecting the partitions was easy.
How could you "resurrect" something that was brand new?
> My question: What am I supposed to do before/while hooking a new drive?
> Is "pfdisk" the answer for all new drives, even if for NetBSD-only?
I believe so. Our PC had a single 2.1 Gb DOS-only disk on it, and I added
a 2.1 Gb Seagate to it fresh out of the box. Since I was doing a fresh
install, maybe it was easier, since that mandates running "pfdisk" and
assigning a "NetBSD"-tagged partition, etc. Once I did that, I rebooted from
the 1.1 boot floppies and away I went. No problems.