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Re: Fdisk Question
I just went through that exercise with a 12G disk.
The OS ignores the BIOS limitations once it's booted.
Somebody mentioned on this list recently that the fdisk partitioning is a
way of telling other OSes that the space is reserved. OpenBSD only looks
at the disklabel to figure out where it can play. That seems to be the
I used the DOS pfdisk utility from the distribution CD (get a windows boot
floppy if needed). Edit disklabel in blocks, not cylinders. I didn't want
to take any chances so I calculated the start, stop and sizes with a
spreadsheet, especially since I had made a mess of things by experimenting
earlier with Linux, FreeBSD and NetBSD.
Louis Bertrand http://www.bertrandtech.on.ca/
Bertrand Technical Services, Bowmanville, ON, Canada
Tel: +1.905.623.1500 Fax: +1.905.623.3852
OpenBSD: Secure by default. http://www.openbsd.org/
On Mon, 15 Jan 2001, Jeff Flowers wrote:
> I have been struggling with OpenBSD's fdisk for quite some time and I
> finally feel like I have it down. However, there is still one thing which
> eludes me.
> I have a hard drive that is 14,669MB in size. On this hard drive, in
> partition 0, I created a 6144MB (6GB) A6 bootable partition, leaving 8,525MB
> How do I go about using the remaining 8,525MBs of disk space? If I created
> one partition the size of remaining space, it would extend past the BIOS
> Please note that I created the six GB parition just to make sure that I can
> create bootable OpenBSD paritions. My BIOS and fdisk limits me to the first
> 8024MBs of the disk, due to fdisk having to use BIOS disk information.