Support #736

Advanced Format drives (4k sectors)

Added by TVBox about 13 years ago. Updated about 12 years ago.

Status:Closed Start date:12/16/2010
Priority:Normal Due date:08/02/2011
Assignee:jams % Done:


Category:Installation/Upgrade Spent time: 3.00 hours
Target version:- Estimated time:0.50 hour


I would like to be able to use a advanced format drive as a primary drive when installing LinHES in the Auto Install Mode. Right now in 6.3 even if the drive is partitioned correctly Auto Install will try to repartition and hang the install program. A current install right now uses MSDos as a partition table file system. From the little I have read the preferred partition table file system for a advance format drive is GPT.

I pulled this off of the Seagate site
all HDD manufacturers have agreed that all new desktop and notebook drives introduced after January 2011 will be 4K formatted drives

Related issues

related to LinHES - Feature #775: Add new disk tools Closed 07/31/2011 08/02/2011

Associated revisions

Revision 42a0236d
Added by mihanson over 12 years ago

gptfdisk: initial inclusion. Ref #775 & Ref #736

Revision 6d33ca9c
Added by mihanson over 12 years ago

parted: Update to latest. Ref #775 & Ref #736


Updated by graysky about 13 years ago

I gotta agree after switching all my drives over to GPT. Several things to note:

*grub cannot boot from GPT so if implemented, LH needs to use grub2 or burg.
*fdisk/cfdisk cannot read/write GPT so LH needs to use gdisk or parted.
*Windows (even the "latest and greatest" WIndows 7) cannot boot from a GPT formatted disk.

Updated by TVBox about 13 years ago

So far what I have found out is that unless you have Bios that has been authored in the last 12 months you will not be able to boot off a advanced format drive.

Updated by jams about 13 years ago

  • Assignee set to jams

Updated by brianwc about 13 years ago

Addressing this issue might also resolve a problem I'm trying to debug where my (brand new) primary drive seems to need e2fsck run on it on nearly every reboot, even after normal shutdowns of 6.3. Smartdisk reports no errors, but it is advanced format, so I wonder if LinHES formatted it correctly during install (from a 6.3 install disk).

I'd also agree LinHES should move to GRUB2.

Finally, some sort of manual partitioning option during install would allow me to set up my system from the start as a RAID or with LVM or whatever else. I'd like to be able to set up the drive(s) however I like and then tell the LinHES installer to continue the auto-install on the root drive I specify.

Updated by jams about 13 years ago

  • Category set to Installation/Upgrade

Sorta combining a bunch of requests into one ticket here.
With that said all of them will be looked at, but not for R7.

Updated by mihanson over 12 years ago

  • Due date set to 08/02/2011
  • Estimated time set to 0.50
  • % Done changed from 0 to 90
  • Status changed from New to Feedback

Updated by jams about 12 years ago

  • % Done changed from 90 to 100
  • Status changed from Feedback to Closed

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