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Subject: Re: Is my hard drive locked? Need help with Linux unlock
From: Honda (
Date: 2003-11-05

Yes, I was indeed running fdisk on /dev/sda1 instead of /dev/sda when I
tried your geometry. I caught my own slip of mind late last night (see my
post at ~1 am). I guess I had tried everything by that time and was
*literally* at my wit's end. :-)

However, prior to this misadventure (or stupidity), and after it, I used the
proper fdisk /dev/sda command, and it does not work except as an external
USB drive.

I took the Jukebox apart last night to make sure the hard drive was
connected properly. Everything seemed to be OK. Is it supposed to have a
jumper to set it as a slave, or a master?

Am I supposed to mkdosfs it right after I fdisk it, or should I reboot after
fdisk but befor mkdosfs?

Am I supposed to set a specific "cluster size" (4096, 8192 or whatever)?

I am just crapshooting at this point I guess.

"Linus Nielsen Feltzing" <> wrote in message
> Honda wrote:
> > If I try to use your geometry, fdisk creates a partition called
> > /dev/sda1p1 and my partition disappears right after I do mkdosfs and the
> > number of cylinders changes to 775 instead of 776.
> >
> > How do I make fdisk display its "probed" geometry?
> I'm starting to believe that you run fdisk on /dev/sda1 instead of
> /dev/sda. Can you confirm that you run fdisk with
> # fdisk /dev/sda
> and not
> # fdisk /dev/sda1
> ?
> Linus

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