Subject: Re: Max HDD question
To: Jurrie Lulofs <>
From: Markus W Kilbinger <>
List: port-cobalt
Date: 02/21/2005 23:33:11
>>>>> "Jurrie" == Jurrie Lulofs <> writes:

    Jurrie> While I've seen reports of RaQs and Qubes running with
    Jurrie> 120GB drives does anyone know of success with larger
    Jurrie> drives?

I'm using a 160 GB drive in a qube2 w/o any problem:

  viaide0 at pci0 dev 9 function 1
  viaide0: VIA Technologies VT82C586 (Apollo VP) ATA33 controller
  viaide0: bus-master DMA support present
  viaide0: primary channel configured to compatibility mode
  viaide0: primary channel interrupting at irq 14
  atabus0 at viaide0 channel 0
  viaide0: secondary channel configured to compatibility mode
  viaide0: secondary channel interrupting at irq 15
  atabus1 at viaide0 channel 1
  wd0 at atabus0 drive 0: <SAMSUNG SV1604N>
  wd0: drive supports 16-sector PIO transfers, LBA48 addressing
  wd0: 149 GB, 310101 cyl, 16 head, 63 sec, 512 bytes/sect x 312581808 sectors
  wd0: 32-bit data port
  wd0: drive supports PIO mode 4, DMA mode 2, Ultra-DMA mode 5 (Ultra/100)
  wd0(viaide0:0:0): using PIO mode 4, Ultra-DMA mode 2 (Ultra/33) (using DMA)

    Jurrie> Are there reasons to believe that there would be any
    Jurrie> problems or does the viewpoint of "as long as there's a
    Jurrie> small ext2 partition for the firmware to boot from you'll
    Jurrie> be OK" still prevail?

IMHO the latter should be correct.

    Jurrie> The current crop of sales makes 200GB and 250GB drives
    Jurrie> very enticing for those wanting to use NetBSD/cobalt-based
    Jurrie> boxes as file servers.

160 GB already requires LBA48 addressing (see above) which works
flawlessly. So 200 GB and/or 250 GB should work too (from a qube/raq's
point of view ;-)).