>You don't think they'd have made the HD if it wasn't going to be
>recognized, do you? It'll probably use the "virtual head" deal to get
>around the cyl limit.
There's no problem at all in recognizing IDE (yes, plain old IDE if need
be) drives of up to 128 gigabyte.
There is a problem, however, of squeezing such a drive into the ordinary
BIOS calls. This is where the "virtual head deal" comes in; it's a bit
of magic performed by the BIOS. The drive has nothing to do with it.
Also, it's only a temporary fix that will work for drives up to 8GB, no
>I have no idea how or why it works, but my BIOS reports my 1080M HD as
>having 64 heads, when it really has only 16. Somehow, this brings the
>cylinder count down around 600-something. Maybe some more experienced
>computer user out there is capable of explaining why, but it somehow will
This is not a Linux specific question, so it's probably not a problem
pointing to a non Linux specific FAQ here:
For more details, take a look at the "Yet Another" Enhanced IDE/
Fast-ATA/ATA-2 FAQ posted on comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage, .misc and
comp.answers. It is also available, together with related material, by
and by WWW from:
Alternatively, you can get it through e-mail by sending me
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