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Large Disk HOWTO

Andries Brouwer, aeb@cwi.nl

v2.5, 2004-11-01

All about disk geometry and the 1024 cylinder and other limits for disks.

For the most recent version of this text, see www.win.tue.nl.

1. Large disks

2. Units

3. Disk Access

4. History of BIOS and IDE limits

5. Booting

6. Disk geometry, partitions and `overlap'

7. Translation and Disk Managers

8. Kernel disk translation for IDE disks

9. Consequences

10. Details

11. Clipped disks

12. The Linux 65535 cylinder limit

13. Extended and logical partitions

14. Problem solving

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