Re: [PATCH]: Sanity checking for drives that claim to be LBA-48, but aren't!

From: Andries Brouwer (
Date: Thu Oct 17 2002 - 05:26:14 EST

On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 10:02:00AM +0100, James Finnie wrote:

> Upon investigation of this with Seagate, it turns out that the firmware
> version in question is for CE (consumer electronics) use. They have used
> bit 10 of word 86 (0x56) of the IDENTIFY DEVICE information to indicate some
> feature in their "AV streaming data transfer set". This breaks ATA-7, which
> says this bit indicates that the drive understands LBA-48 commands.
> The kernel sees this bit set, tries to use LBA-48 commands, and the drive
> errors, complaining that it doesn't understand! Meaning this drive is
> unusable with the >=2.4.19 kernels. I think at least one other person has
> reported something very similar, IIRC with a very old Maxtor IDE drive.

Could you post the identify data for your disks? (cat /proc/ide/*/identify)

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