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bouyer%antioche.eu.org@localhost (Manuel Bouyer) writes:
>That there are drives out there, which claim LBA48 support but are
>otherwise conform to the ATA-5 standart (not ATA-6) and so support
>reading sector 0xfffffff using LBA28. If you use the "clamp to 128GB"
>jumper they will report a capacity of 0x10000000 and not 0xfffffff.
>Of course such drives are old enough to be connected to a controller
>which is old enough to not work properly with LBA48.
Which means, we are seeking support to access 2 more sectors
for broken (or say: nonstandard) drives that are artificially
limited to work with broken controllers.
Do you know a way to detect such a controller? Seems to be a
more reasonable approach than to deduce behaviour from
a rather imprecise standard.
N.B. for the specific drives you described a simple quirk would be
to ignore the LBA48 capability if a drive reports a standard <= ATA-5
and capacity <= 2^28. The decision logic for LBA48 transfers
would simply not be used and everything would be addressed
Michael van Elst
"A potential Snark may lurk in every tree."
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