Large Disk HOWTO

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Next Previous Contents v2.2u, 12 March 2001

All about disk geometry and the 1024 cylinder limit for disks.

For the most recent version of this text, see www.win.tue.nl.

1. The problem

2. Summary

3. Units and Sizes

  • 3.1 Sectorsize
  • 3.2 Disksize

4. Disk Access

5. Booting

6. Disk geometry, partitions and `overlap’

7. Translation and Disk Managers

8. Kernel disk translation for IDE disks

9. Consequences

  • 9.1 Computing LILO parameters

10. Details

  • 10.1 IDE details – the seven geometries
  • 10.2 SCSI details

11. The Linux IDE 8 GiB limit

12. The Linux 65535 cylinder limit

  • 12.1 IDE problems with 34+ GB disks

13. Extended and logical partitions

14. Problem solving

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