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

Mon Oct 17 19:49:14 UTC 2011
James B. Byrne <byrnejb at harte-lyne.ca>

On Mon, October 17, 2011 14:01, James B. Byrne wrote:
> 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.

On Mon Oct 17 14:12:26 EDT 2011, m.roth at 5-cent.us
m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
> Have you tried putting the drive in another system
> and see if it's recognized correctly?

I have and the drive in question is formatted and CentOS-6
is successfully installed using the same media if I employ
a different system to do the work.

> Also, if you put the old drive back, does it work?

Yes, I can boot the Supermicro system from a previously
formatted 500Gb disc that already has CentOS-6 installed
on it.  Further, if I install the 1Tb disk, now formatted
and with CentOS installed courtesy of the other host, then
the Supermicro system also boots from it.

> What I'm looking for is whether you have a hardware
> problem, either m/b or drive... or controller card.

It does not appear to me to be hardware related, at least
not directly.  I suspect a bug in Anaconda.  There  are
reports of a similar issue in Fedora last year and the bug
was supposed to have been fixed in June of 2010, if indeed
my problem is the same thing or something related.

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