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SubjectRe: ATA 4 KiB sector issues.
On 03/08/2010 07:18 AM, Martin K. Petersen wrote:
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> Tejun> Partitioners maybe should only align partitions which will be
> Tejun> used by Linux and default to the traditional layout for others
> Tejun> while allowing explicit override.
>
> I don't think we take the partition type into account. Karel?
>

We should not take the partition type into account. The other aspect is
that FAT partitions need to be formatted differently to maintain the
alignment once set; I have recently contributed patches (which were
accepted) into mkdosfs to do the right thing there.

Looking at the Windows XP article, it looks like it is limited to
certain BIOSes; unfortunately it doesn't say what the particular BIOS
issue is. If we can find a system which actually exhibits the bug it
might be possible to reverse-engineer a solution.

> Tejun> Reportedly, commonly used partitioners aren't ready to handle
> Tejun> drives larger than 2 TiB in any configuration and alignment isn't
> Tejun> done properly for drives with 4 KiB physical sectors. 4 KiB
> Tejun> logical sector support is broken in both the kernel
>
> Huh, what? My homedir is on a 4KiB LBS/PBS drive and has been for ~2
> years.

For > 2 TiB drives with 4 KiB logical sectors and MS-DOS partition
tables, it is.
> Tejun> Unfortunately, the transition to 4 KiB sector size, physical only
> Tejun> or logical too, is looking fairly ugly. Hopefully, a reasonable
> Tejun> solution can be reached in not too distant future but even with
> Tejun> all the software side updated, it looks like it's gonna cause
> Tejun> significant amount of confusion and frustration.
>
> With regards to XP compatibility I don't think we should go too much out
> of our way to accommodate it. XP has been disowned by its master and I
> think virtualization will take care of the rest.

I think that's is wildly optimistic, but I do observe there is a fix
from Microsoft in the article you reference.

> FWIW, recent fdisk has a command line flag that will enable/disable DOS
> compatible layout.

Yes, unfortunately it is still on by default.

-hpa


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