[CentOS] CentOS-6 install on 1 Tb drive fails

Mon Oct 17 18:01:26 UTC 2011
James B. Byrne <byrnejb at harte-lyne.ca>

I am attempting to load CentOS-6 onto a ST31000524AS 1Tb
SATA drive in a Supermicro 5015A-EHF-D525 system.  The
BIOS sees the drive and the CentOS install process sees
and initializes it as well.

However, even when I accept the default partitioning, I
get an error during the drive formatting prior to
installing the OS.  The error message is: "Could not
commit to disk /dev/sda".  I get this error whether the
drive is configured as IDE or AHCI in BIOS.

The advanced BIOS configuration section makes reference to
LBA addressing and a maximum value of 137 Gb.  However, I
had previously equipped this very system with a 500 GB
SATA drive and had not experienced any problems.

Does anyone have any idea as to what might be happening here?