Linux and EZ-Drive

Linux and EZ-Drive

Post by Floyd Walk » Wed, 02 Aug 1995 04:00:00

I discovered that there is a way to setup partiions for Linux under EZ-Drive.

Basically, you have to execute ez and change installed features.  Add Windows
NT compatiblity mode.  It warns you that your hard drive is vulnerable when
you boot off of a floppy, but I think that is why it works.

Reboot off a dos floppy (after ez-drive loads up), and use fips and/or fdisk
to setup the dos partitions, then reboot using the Linux Boot disk.  If you
have an older kernel you have to follow the advise in the Large IDEs mini-faq,
but I didn't have that problem.

Setup your Linux partitions the way that you want them, and then continue with
your setup.

NOTE: If you install LILO, do not save to the MBR.  I think this is where ez-
drive sits, and if you do that you can say bye-bye to your partition table.

DISCLAIMER: It worked for me.  I can't guarantee that it will work for you.


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1. Patritioning WD 8.4 GB drive and Linux and EZ-Drive/EZ-Bios


I just installed a Western Digital 8.4 GB drive on my Micron machine
with a Micronics M54Hi motherboard as the second drive.  This has the
PhoenixBIOS 4.04 which cannot support disks larger than 7.8 GB.  There
is a BIOS (v5.05) upgrade available from Micro Firmware but for $79!  I
installed the WD EZ-Drive software and it partitioned the drive in 4
with about 2.1 GB per partition.  I can see these partitions OK in Win95
(though I do have a spurious E: drive that cannot be accessed).

In Linux (RedHat 4.1 - yes, part of the reason of getting the new drive
was to upgrade to RH5.2), fdisk sees only the first partition of the hard
drive (as /dev/hdb1 with about 2.1GB) with the rest of the drive seen as one
partition with unknown type.  If I use linux fdisk to partition the disk
in what I _think_ is the same partitions as EZ-Drive used then Win95 sees
the first partition but cannot read the other three.  Repartitioning the
drive with EZ-Drive causes the original problem (i.e. can only see the two
partitions in Linux).  

I know Western Digital claims that EZ-Drive does not support Unix but
the Large Disk mini-HOWTO claims that Linux will work with EZ-Drive.  I
seem to be almost there.  Has anyone got this working or have any

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Leslie Groer


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