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Date:      Wed, 23 Nov 2011 09:52:14 +0100
From:      Andrea Venturoli <>
To:        Pegasus Mc Cleaft <>,
Subject:   Re: ATA trouble again
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On 11/16/11 13:13, Pegasus Mc Cleaft wrote:
>>> or do you know if the drives are using 4096 bytes Per sector?
>> How do I find out without physical access to the box?
> 	The only way to be sure is to look at the datasheet for the drive. If the drives are SMART capable, you can always load Smart Monitoring Tools (/usr/ports/sysutils/smartmontools) and have it report the make and model of the drive. Just be careful, the report from the SMART data will more than likely show the drive as 512 Logical and Physical access (Even if they are not)

So: the specs, smartctl and diskinfo all say sectors are 512 bytes.

I tried disabling AHCI in the BIOS and, for now, this seems to work better.
I'll keep you informed if troubles persist.

  bye & Thanks

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