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Date:      Mon, 8 Dec 2003 16:12:02 -0800
From:      "Mike Maltese" <mike@pcmedx.com>
To:        <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Cc:        Frederick Bowes <fred@k1x.org>
Subject:   Re: Hard drive geometry headache (slightly off topic)
Message-ID:  <006201c3bde9$11eb2a80$f4f0a8c0@pcmedx.com>
References:  <.128.250.18.41.1070927212.squirrel@www.k1x.org>

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> I have a problem which i cannot seem to fix no matter what I do! I have a
> 120GB disk, which had windows XP/FreeBSD partions working fine on one
> computer. Now I had to move it to a new computer in which the bios detects
> a certian geometry, but then the system wont boot. No matter what I do
> now, i cant get the system to boot off the disk, i have even tried
> eraseing it with fdisk (freebsd and dos versions). Does anyone know how I
> can save it?  I have tried everything and dont know where else to ask.

Check to see that the BIOS is using the same addressing mode as the old
board. I had a somewhat similar problem and it turned out the BIOS was in
Large mode. Switching to LBA solved the problem. Also, if you've fdisk'ed
the drive, chances are you've hosed the installations.



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