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Bug report 1.6.14: Heads < 0 Heads > 255

From: Andrew A.
Subject: Bug report 1.6.14: Heads < 0 Heads > 255
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 10:10:17 -0400

Continuing the saga of "RE: parted's cp command for FAT32, and LBA/CHS/NTLDR missing woes" -->
I downloaded and compiled parted 1.6.14.  I modified its Makefile to issue a -static on the link line.  I booted into rescude mode on the machine I previously described and started the network.  I scp'ed the new parted into the rescue mode and ran it.
It did not complain about geometry problems on /dev/hda (the smaller drive)
It generated a series of assertion failure messages for /dev/hdb which I am reporting from memory.  I believe they were at lines 465 and 466 of some file, and that they were about Heads < 0 and Heads > 255.
You can find a tar file containing the output of
dd if=/dev/hda of=hda bs=512 count=1024
dd if=/dev/hdb of=hdb bs=512 count=1024
at http://www.memeplex.com/hd.tgz to help in your debugging.
The two drives in question are Maxtors model #s 96147H8 and 91303D6 according to the stickers on the outside.  They *both* say 16383/16/63 geometry on the stickers, although one is ~13G and the other ~40G .

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