As soon as
by Jimmy Greystone - 5/5/12 7:22 AM
In Reply to: Hard Drive Clone Failed - Need Directions Out of Hell. by OldVeryOld
As soon as I saw that you went and tinkered with the filesystem to create a partition larger than is officially supported (and there's usually a good reason for those limits, even if it may not seem like it at first), I figured you'd be in for a rough time.
Ran into something like this at a previous job. Guy goes out, buys a 1TB 7200RPM drive for his laptop, puts it in himself, and it doesn't work, giving kernel panics frequently. His reasoning was that he saw comments on the NewEgg website where people with the same system (presumably) had managed to get this particular drive to work. I run pretty much every single diagnostic test there is on the thing, and show that everything short of the HDD (which since he put in, he was responsible for) was just fine. He even agreed that if he put the factory drive back in, the system worked just fine. I even get the manufacturer to say that anything beyond like a 500GB drive for that particular model would be considered untested and results would be unpredictable. Guy still wasn't happy and was convinced there was something wrong with the SATA controller chip on the motherboard. Never mind the fact that the factory drive worked flawlessly, it was only when his after market drive was installed that problems started.
Moral of the story is, there are some people who bring these problems on themselves, and you have all the hallmarks of being one of those people. Which is fine, it's people like you who are constantly pushing the limits that drive new innovations, so I consider it an admirable trait as long as you combine it with the recognition that when you push things as far as you have, things will not always go smoothly, and being that far out into the weeds you're pretty much on your own when it comes to sorting out what went wrong. If you're not willing to accept these risks, then stick to the more well trodden paths. You want to be a pioneer, you can't blame those who stayed behind every time you encounter some hardship.
So that all being said, what happens if you keep the partitions within the 32GB bounds for FAT32?