[Server-devel] 1TB drive of quality open content on XO/XS--won't boot
jvonau at shaw.ca
Tue May 14 11:45:36 EDT 2013
On Sat, 2013-05-11 at 12:58 -0700, Braddock wrote:
> On 05/11/2013 12:44 PM, Holt wrote:
> > Is there a way to boot a large USB hard drive attached to an XO?
> Further detail on the trouble drive.
> This is a 1TB Seagate Wireless Plus connected via USB. It mounts
> correctly when the XO is booted, but if it is connected when the XO is
> powered on or rebooted, the XO drops to a firmware "OK" prompt.
> I wonder if it could be because the first partition has a boot flag set?
> # fdisk -l /dev/sda
> Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204885504 bytes, 1953525167 sectors
> Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
> Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
> I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
> Disk identifier: 0x6f44561a
> Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
> /dev/sda1 * 2048 8193149 4095551 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
> /dev/sda2 8193150 1953520064 972663457+ 83 Linux
With James' earlier comment about OFW booting a partition that has been
flagged as bootable, perhaps setting the second partition as bootable
will correct this issue.
> Another volunteer has an external USB drive here which DOES work correctly.
> Braddock Gaskill
> > At our XS Community Sprint this week outside Toronto, we've been
> > unable to boot XOs with the 700+ GB drive(s) containing very polished
> > open content provided by http://internet-in-a-box.org
> > The XOs (eg. XO-4 etc) refuse to auto-boot, leaving the screen at the
> > OK prompt.
> > FYI our 1TB disk is a nearly complete snapshot of:
> > * Wikipedia-in-41-languages, thumbnails for most all images
> > * OpenStreetMap for the whole world cached at all zoom levels for fast
> > display
> > * Gutenberg Prjct's full collection of 40,000+ books, images
> > * Khan Academy's ~4000 video classes, etc
> > Does firmware currently block the mounting of all large USB drives --
> > NTFS in this case if not other filesystems?
> > Might there be a workaround so isolated XO servers in Haiti (etc!) can
> > hopefully auto-boot with this quality free content?
> > Cheers!
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