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From: felix@×××××××.com
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-user] Getting around ancient SATA disk size limitations
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:18:34
1 I have an ancient system which was quite the bee's knees in its day 8 years ago, but is showing its age.
3 I plugged two 4TB SATA drives in and the BIOS hangs trying to display the disk size. Whether it is the size itself, or from using 4K blocks, I do not know.
5 I bought a USB 3.0 disk enclosure and the system refused to even acknowledge its presence. USB 3.0 may be advertised as backwards compatible, but not on my system.
7 I put one of the drives into an old USB 2.0 enclosure, and while it was found and useable, it saw the size as 1.6TB.
9 I can't get a USB 3.0 PCI card; there are PCI-e cards, but my system is PCI and PCI-X.
11 I did get a SATA II PCI card (SATA III requires PCI-e), but won't get a chance to plug it in for a few days. I'm hoping it will let me use the 4T drives.
13 Does anyone know of any verified cheap tricks to make this old system recognize the 4TB drives properly? I'm not interested in any NAS or other expensive solutions; I'd just as soon buy a cheap modern system and lots of USB 3.0 disk enclosures. But I'd rather not go that route yet.
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