Subject: Re: IBM harddrive
To: NetBSD port-sparc mailing list <>
From: Julian Coleman <>
List: port-sparc
Date: 03/28/2003 10:20:17
> i tried to install netbsd on my sparcclassic. since
> the original harddrive was just about 200MB, i got a
> IBM Ultrastar 2XP DCHS-34550, which is 4.5GB. i got a
> disklabel error when the installation just started.
> after some hacking, i thought the block size of this
> harddrive (514) is the problem. need to change that to
> 512. i tried a lot to modify the disklabel. it seems
> like the block was already changed to 512, but some
> other numbers in the disklabel were not correct, so
> still couldn't do the installation.

Is the DCHS one of the drives that support variable block size?  If so, you
will need to format it with 512 bytes block size.  The scsictl command in
-current (it's not in the 1.6 branch) supports the SCSI 'format blocksize'
command, so it should be possible to reformat the disk with this.


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