Gents (Erik & Tamas),
This is to just to advise of my progress ...
Shortly after emailing my question to the alias I located the "([PARPORT]
Patch for pd.c to support big drives Tamas Vincze @ NEB (Tue Oct 10 2000 -
12:24:38 EDT)" posting from Tamas.
I have since applied the changes to pd.c as suggested to include LBA access
and then rebuilt the kernel and rebooted (I suspect I could have just
recompiled pd.c to pd.o and copied it to the required location, then simply
unload and reload the pd module ? however as I am not a developer I ended up
doing the lot).
After that I was able to see the entire drive 45GB of the disk via the
parallel port. I then created a Linux partition of 15GB and a M$ DOS partition
of 2GB (I had to do the M$ partition with the original supplied epathd
software for M$, which is almost 3 years old now and, as would be expected,
seems to observe some older capacity limitations).
JFTR, I did try create a 15GB M$ partition under Linux (which was successful)
but when I tried to make the filesystem I got some message regarding no
mkfs.msdos ?, so I tried under M$ Windows (95 & 98) both of were not
successful (95 which presented me with the blue screen of death and in 98 I
think it created an 8GB filesystem? then froze when attempting to access the
properties? - I forget the details). I haven't yet tried the hd136.EXE - next
time I have a go at it I will try testing the functionality.
I attempted doing a dd (which was my initial intention when buying the 45GB WD
IDE HDD) to create an image of the entire 12GB hard disk (/dev/hda) in the
laptop (all partitions in one go) to a file on the newly created 15GB Linux
partition on the 45GB ide and ran into what I suspect is a filesize barrier?
(in the region of 2GB). I suspect I will need to rethink my DR/backup strategy
I was hoping to do nothing but boot off of a custom made rescue diskette and
dd the image back (to a replacement matching laptop if necessary).
One last thing I will mention is the performance is a little slow (access to
the parport ide disk), No big deal because its just for offline-ish storage.
However if there are any improvements that can be made I would be grateful to
thanks again (and nice work on the LBA stuff Tamas!).
Erik Inge Bolsų wrote:
> On Thu, 23 Nov 2000, Rob Levy wrote:
> >The drive I bought (which is housed externally and accessed via the
> >parallel port and then the epat type chip) is a 45GB Western Digital
> >however I can only see the first 8GB.
> >Is there a way to access the entire drive ?
> Interesting question. I haven't tried with mine (a H45 Quickdrive, also
> using an EPAT chip, but no 8+ GB drive to put in it) - but as the latest
> windows drivers claim to support up to 64 GB, it must be possible somehow..
> ( http://www.h45.com/nw_drv/hd136.EXE )
> Erik I. Bolsų | email: <knan at mo.himolde.no>
> The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to
> hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.
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