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Date:      Wed, 10 Dec 2003 14:06:16 +0100
From:      Siegbert Baude <>
To:        Frederick Bowes <>
Subject:   Re: Hard drive geometry headache (slightly off topic)
Message-ID:  <>
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References:  <370596D46C9BD711B61A00065BF365888A17BA@il06exm12> <>

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Frederick Bowes wrote:
> I've solved the problem and repreat it here for future generations reference
> (: It appears that the MBR was infact corrupt, causing fdisk to get
> confused...
> the following command made the hd appear blank and let it all work again:
>   dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 count=2000
> (Yes i lost my data but the drive now works!) Thanks for ur help (:

It would be more precise to use

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 bs=512 count=1

as this will delete exactly the first block of the first IDE-disk, aka 
MBR. If your MBR is corrupt, but you still care for the data, you have 
better chances to recover this way.


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