I've picked up an HP SimpleSave sd500a backup drive. This is a 2.5", 500GB drive. It has a mysterious CD-like partition, but otherwise seems to contain a WD Scorpio Blue disk. It seems that the CD-like partition is implemented in the enclosure's firmware, but I've no way to be certain of this.
I'm repartitioning the drive for the first time. When attempting to open the drive using
cfdisk /dev/sdb, it exits with status 4 after outputting this error message:
FATAL ERROR: Bad primary partition 0: Partition ends in the final partial cylinder
sfdisk -l is able to output info on the drive without errors:
Disk /dev/sdb: 60715 cylinders, 255 heads, 63 sectors/track Units = cylinders of 8225280 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0 Device Boot Start End #cyls #blocks Id System /dev/sdb1 0+ 60715- 60716- 487699456 7 HPFS/NTFS /dev/sdb2 0 - 0 0 0 Empty /dev/sdb3 0 - 0 0 0 Empty /dev/sdb4 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
Is the error from
cfdisk any reason to question the stability of the drive or the compatibility of its firmware?