kernel 2.2.2x + 2.4 IDE backport: anybody tried >137GB disks?

kernel 2.2.2x + 2.4 IDE backport: anybody tried >137GB disks?

Post by Ville Herv » Tue, 17 Jun 2003 22:50:10



I've been running kernel 2.2 + 2.4 IDE backport <http://www.ans.pl/ide/>
(originally by Andre Hedrick and later by Krzysztof Oledzki) with great
success. I'm using e2compr (also with great success) so I'm currently
limited to 2.2. The 2.4 port of e2compr <http://www.alizt.com/> was
unfortunately pretty unstable last I looked (although I'd love to be proved
wrong on this.)

I see that Krzysztof mentions some of the 48-bit IDE stuff having been
included in the backport:
http://www.google.fi/search?q=cache:69NxMdlhNMoJ:www.cs.helsinki.fi/l...
As far as I understand, he had not had the chance to try it out on real

Quote:>137GB hardware, though.

Has anyone tried the backport with >137GB disks? If so, with what ide
chipset and disk?

The reason I'm asking is of course that I'd need to buy some larger disks,
but I'm limited to kernel 2.2 :). I have i815 and HPT370 ide on the Abit
ST6R mobo, both of which work very well with the ide patch -- but I've had
no chance to try out >137GB disks.

BTW: I also see that Marc-Christian Petersen is including a newer version
(v2.2.22.09202002) of the ide backport in his 2.2-secure patchset
<http://sourceforge.net/projects/wolk>. Is there a newer URL for the IDE
patch than <http://www.ans.pl/ide/> that I have?

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kernel 2.2.2x + 2.4 IDE backport: anybody tried >137GB disks?

Post by Ville Herv » Mon, 30 Jun 2003 19:30:13



> The reason I'm asking is of course that I'd need to buy some larger disks,
> but I'm limited to kernel 2.2 :). I have i815 and HPT370 ide on the Abit
> ST6R mobo, both of which work very well with the ide patch -- but I've had
> no chance to try out >137GB disks.

Ok, I got a hold of a 160GB Samsung SP1604N, and was able to try out
lba48 with 2.2+ide backport myself.

So, I took Marc-Christian Petersen's 2.2.25-secure patchset
(sourceforge.net/projects/wolk) that includes Krzysztof Oldzki's ide
2.2.21-06162002 patch and booted. After some severe confusion, it turned out
2.2 + the ide backport supports >137GB disk just fine.

The confusion arose from that I had used an old version of fdisk (v2.10f
from redhat-6.2) to create a partition to hda. fdisk probably read the disk
geometry all wrong and created too big partition. And the kernel seems to
have believed the bogus partition table. When I tried mkfs.ext2 /dev/hda1,
it ran well until about 1193 inode groups (little over 41.9% of total), and
then the kernel begun spitting out SectorIdNotFound IDE errors (see the log
below). After I found out that mkfs on 2.4.20 kernel did the same, I begun
suspecting 2.2 ide was not to blame. I found out that badblocks -w /dev/hda
ran all ok up to 160GB on both 2.2 and 2.4. And when I did mkfs.ext2 on
/dev/hda (omitting the partition table altogether), 2.2 worked all solid. I
tried filling up the file system, and there were no problems. I also did
some other short stress tests and everything seems to work based on this
quick test.

I also tried creating the partition with cfdisk, and it seemed to handle the
larger disk right (see the attached log). The mkfs.ext2 succeeded and I was
able to mount and use the partition.

The hardware is Abit ST6R, I tried both i815 IDE (PIIX4 chipset revision 17)
and HPT370A IDE (HPT370A chipset revision 4). FWIW, both gave >42MB/s with
hdparm -t. (Both were reportedly using UDMA mode5.)

Thanks to Andre Hedrick, Krzysztof Oldzki, Marc-Christian Petersen and all
involved in the linux ide development!

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dmesg:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
PIIX4: IDE controller on PCI bus 00 dev f9
PIIX4: chipset revision 17
PIIX4: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
    ide0: BM-DMA at 0xf000-0xf007, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:pio
    ide1: BM-DMA at 0xf008-0xf00f, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:DMA
HPT370A: IDE controller on PCI bus 02 dev 30
HPT370A: chipset revision 4
HPT370A: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
HPT370: using 33MHz PCI clock
    ide2: BM-DMA at 0xa800-0xa807, BIOS settings: hde:pio, hdf:pio
    ide3: BM-DMA at 0xa808-0xa80f, BIOS settings: hdg:pio, hdh:pio
hda: SAMSUNG SP1604N, ATA DISK drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hda: 312581808 sectors (160042 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=4961616/255/63, UDMA(100)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------

fdisk vs cfdisk:
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Partition number (1-4): 1
First cylinder (1-46416, default 1):
Using default value 1
Last cylinder or +size or +sizeM or +sizeK (1-46416, default 46416):
Using default value 46416

Disk /dev/hda: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 46416 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1             1     46416 372836488+  83  Linux


mke2fs 1.18.9, 22-Dec-1999 for EXT2 FS 0.5b, 95/08/09
Filesystem label=
OS type: Linux
Block size=4096 (log=2)
Fragment size=4096 (log=2)
46612480 inodes, 93209122 blocks
0 blocks (0.00%) reserved for the super user
First data block=0
2845 block groups
32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group
16384 inodes per group
Superblock backups stored on blocks:
        32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208,
        4096000, 7962624, 11239424, 20480000, 23887872, 71663616, 78675968

Writing inode tables:   1193/2845
<hangs>

<...>
hda: write_intr error1: nr_sectors=1 stat=0x51                                  
hda: write_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }                  
hda: write_intr: error=0x10 { SectorIdNotFound }, LBAsect=%ld, high=312480015, low=0 sector=315625784                                                        

(after boot)

                              Disk Drive: /dev/hda
                            Size: 160041885696 bytes
             Heads: 255   Sectors per Track: 63   Cylinders: 19457

    Name        Flags      Part Type  FS Type          [Label]        Size (MB)
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    hda1                    Primary   Linux                           160039.28


mke2fs 1.18.9, 22-Dec-1999 for EXT2 FS 0.5b, 95/08/09
Filesystem label=
OS type: Linux
Block size=4096 (log=2)
Fragment size=4096 (log=2)
19546112 inodes, 39072080 blocks
0 blocks (0.00%) reserved for the super user
First data block=0
1193 block groups
32768 blocks per group, 32768 fragments per group
16384 inodes per group
Superblock backups stored on blocks:
        32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208,
        4096000, 7962624, 11239424, 20480000, 23887872

Writing inode tables:  .../1193
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