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SubjectRe: Big IDE HD unclipping and IBM drive
On Fri, 8 Dec 2000, Matan Ziv-Av wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I have an IBM drive, DTLA-307075 (75GB), and a bios that hangs with
> large disks. I use a jumper to clip it to 32GB size, so the bios can
> boot into linux. The problem is that WIN_READ_NATIVE_MAX returns 32GB,
> and not the true size, and even trying to set the correct size with
> WIN_SET_MAX fails. Is there a way to use this combination (Bios, HD,
> Linux)?

I had the exact same problem. Jumper-clipping doesn't work, so the
solution to this problem is applying the IDE patch to the kernel
(www.linux-ide.org), and then use IBM's Disk Manager utilities to
software-clip the drive (don't set the jumper).

Software-clipping does exactly the same as hardware clipping, except that
a jumper isn't involved, and the drive can be clipped back to full
capacity. Each drive has a flash memory is once you do it you don't have
to do it again.

--
Dan Aloni
dax@karrde.org

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