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Re: [opensuse] Re: Hardware problem
  • From: Greg Freemyer <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 12:52:40 -0400
  • Message-id: <87f94c370906230952j2b9f2a92xea888a1f7a0e6e14@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 11:18 AM, David Haller<opensuse@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hello,

On Sun, 14 Jun 2009, James Hatridge wrote:
<snip>
I wonder about the disk being too big because the MB is about 3 years old and
back then there was nothing bigger than about 500gb.

I think I'll return it and get a little smaller one, say 600-750gb.

I doubt that'll help. The next lower limit I know of below 1TB is
137GB (128 * 2^30 B / GiBiBytes). And I use 4 IDE drives over that up
to 500 GB on a MoBo from 2000 (BIOS Release: 11/17/99!), AMD-756
[Viper] IDE controller. The BIOS shows the drives as 136GB, but no
problems under Linux (haven't used Windows with those drives
though).

Logically I agree, but my real world experience differs.

I know that we had a number of SIL sata controllers that worked with
500GB drives fine and failed to work with 1 TB drives. I don't recall
if they worked with 750 GB drives or not. We got a firmware update
from SIL and updated our cards so I can no longer test that.

So far we have tested this firmware version with 1.5 TB drives.
Haven't bought any 2 TiB drives yet.

Greg
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