What kind of support for 48-bit LBA does VL5.8 Standard Gold have?
I ran into a situation I'm trying to figure out. I recently replaced a 200-gig IDE drive with a 500-gig drive. I have a 135-gig partition for VL 5.8 Standard on that drive. There are also a FAT32 partition and an NTFS partition shared with Windows XP. Everything is working fine on the internal drive.
I put the removed 200-gig drive into a USB2 external case. My intent was to use a Linux file system on the entire drive and use it for backups. With cfdisk I created an extended partition and filled all of it with a single Linux logical partition. I then formatted the partition with mkfs.reiserfs.
When I replugged the formatted drive, vl-hot recognized it as /mnt/vl-hot/sdf/vol5 (I think). I then attempted to copy my QEMU virtual machine files to the external drive. I have a 30-gig QEMU virtual machine in which Windows 98SE is installed. I first attempted to copy the file using Midnight Commander. The copying proceeded but the speed was quite slow. Toward the end of the process, the copy function discontinued and the file was not copied. In order to see error messages, I then tried to copy using a cp command. I got error messages almost immediately. I was not able to interrupt the process and get a command prompt, nor could I unmount the drive. I could not reboot with Control-Alt-Delete. I had to turn off the computer in order to stop whatever was going on (copying to the external drive was not happening because the light on the drive that shows disk activity was not flashing).
After more failed attempts, I decided to troubleshoot the drive, so I copied the 30-gig files (the working file and a backup) to an NTFS partition (my Windows Drive I). Then I rebooted into XP and reformatted the entire external drive with NTFS. I then copied the QEMU virtual machine files from the NTFS Drive I to the NTFS external drive. The copying completed with no problems. I then ran chkdsk with a surface test on the external drive, and there were no errors.
Okay, the drive is fine and I can copy huge files to a single 200-gig partition (XP and my BIOS support 48-bit LBA). So I booted with my Beryl LiveCD and used cfdisk to wipe out the NTFS partition and create *two* Linux partitions on the 200-gig drive: one about 120 gigs and the other 70-some gigs. I then used Gparted to format both partitions with ext3.
I rebooted into my VL 5.8 Standard Gold installation and the partitions were seen and mounted by vl-hot. I then copied two 30-gig QEMU virtual machine files into the external drive's 70-gig partition. The copying completed without errors and the speed was very good.
I'm wondering why I had the problems when I had a single 200-gig reiserfs partition on the external drive. I didn't want to have a partition over 137 gigs on my second attempt "just in case" 48-bit LBA support is not up to snuff in VL 5.8 Standard. I also used ext3 instead of reiserfs on my successful attempt. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."<g>