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Subject: Re: FOR SALE: 2.5" 120GB HDD

Re: FOR SALE: 2.5" 120GB HDD

From: Jürgen Hestermann <>
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2006 09:59:47 +0200

Hi Joel,

you wrote:
> No, Rockbox correctly identified the HDD.
> The IDE interface is an electrical interface. The 137GB barrier is more of
> the limitation of the older ATA protocol. Newer ATA commands provide 48-bit
> LBA, breaking through the 137GB barrier. I also used Partition Magic 8.0 to
> format the drive in FAT32.

In November Linus Nielsen Feltzing wrote:
> Yes, it's physical. The USB ATA bridge chip can't do 48-bit addressing.
> The Rockbox ATA driver can easily be adapted to 48-bit addressing, but
> you won't be able to transfer any files via USB. :-(

The question now is: Is this wrong and it IS possible to use more than 137 GB?

Received on 2006-06-10

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