Problem with mkfs'ing a harddrive under S/Linux...

Problem with mkfs'ing a harddrive under S/Linux...

Post by Edward J. Powe » Sat, 09 May 1998 04:00:00


Okay.  As you may or may not know, I have a used Sparc 1+ that I am trying
to get up and running so I can do Various Neat Things(tm) with it.

I have a Seagate 32155N (Hawk 2XL... Ultra-SCSI... 2gb) that I'm trying to
use with it.  I plug it in, fdisk it via S/Linux, no problem...

I try mke2fs... now, so far I've only tried
this on the 400mb partition (/dev/sda1... it will someday be the root fs).
It wants to make 50 inode tables... fine.  It writes out the first 25
quickly, then slows down to almost a dead halt at 30.  I normally cancel
the whole thing in disgust... it shouldn't take 30 to an hour to mkfs a
400mb partition.

I haven't even attempted to try it on the 1gb /dev/sda4 (future /usr)

I have tried turning parity on and off on the drive... I have tried
several different hard drive parameters in the disklabel creation... no


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1. Problem mkfs'ing FUJITSU drive (> 1024 cylinder)

I have recently tried to install Linux on my 486 computer with a FUJITSU M2694ES 512
SCSI drive but failed.  The above mentioned SCSI drive have 1033 cylinders.  I had
successfully partitioned the drive but failed in mkfs the partition.  When I issues the
following command :

           mkfs -t ext2 /dev/sda1

The system appears to be formatting the partition and then responed with :

          superblocks backups stored on blocks
          8193 ..... 303105

          writing inode tables : done

          writing super blocks and file system accounting information : SCSI host 0 timed out
          - abort command

The system then hanged up at this stage.

Thanks in advance for any help

Hong Pew

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