This is curious. I got a 3.5GB Fujitsu hard drive for a friend, but the
BIOS on her machine wouldn't have a thing to do with it (and I wasn't about
to put Disk Mangler on it), so I kept it and dedicated it to a Linux box
using a motherboard with somewhat more recent firmware.
Could not get it to work except as a 2.0GB disk (2048 cyl). It's been
working fine, but today I said "what the heck" and changed the BIOS
settings back to 3.5GB (6780/16/63) and fired up fdisk. Told LILO to append
the "linear" option -- and presto, there was my extra gig and a half, as
free space at the end of the drive. So I said "Kewl!" and made two
partitions... and fdisk blew up.
But the machine still boots, LILO is perfectly happy, everything is still
there, and I was even able to mk2efs both partitions! fdisk STILL won't
run, says "Can't read /dev/hda" -- but *everything works.* I'm scratching
my head a bit, and I'd like to know what's going on....
Please share with the group, might be interesting and educational for all.