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Default NetBSD Installation Fails

Thought I would give NetBSD a test, but I can never get the install disk to discover hard drives on my laptop or desktop computers which I have tried FreeBSD and OpenBSD and tens of linux distros with no problems (at least not installation problems).
I keep getting wd0: IDENTIFY FAILED.
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I think this problem is related to leftover gpt partitioning - at least everytime I had the problem if I "zero out" the gtp table and the back-up table at the end of the drive I have alway been able to install OpenBSD/NetBSD mbr boot loader and have it "find" the hard drive.

The two ways to do this are
1.dd or
or
2. use the "zap" utility in gdisk.
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Thanks. I will try the gdisk method to clear the gpt table.
I tried using the fdisk command with the NetBSD installer, but that couldn't see my disk either.
I used RIP Linux to allow gdisk to perform the expert command "z". Then I wiped out the gpt, but not the MBR. Rebooted the NetBSD 64 bit 7.0.2 installation disk, and voila - still cannot identify wd0.

For the heck of it, I downloaded the just released rc of DragonflyBSD. I am writing this using that system, which worked OK (on the disk that NetBSD can't identify)

I am about to give up on NetBSD. Why oh why is it so difficult to install?

I was hoping to test it to see if performance wise it beats FreeBSD or OpenBSD. As well as using less ram.
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Have you tried with NetBSD RC?
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Or get 7.1 https://www.netbsd.org/releases/form...etBSD-7.1.html
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Then I wiped out the gpt, but not the MBR.
I usually wipe out both. Does the dmesg from NetBSD installer show that the drive subsystems are installed? NetBSD installer allows you to exit the installer to a second console and check the dmesg.

Another potential problem can occur with some uefi motherboards.
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I tried the latest version of NetBSD (7.1). Still refuses to identify my disk. Motherboard is an older non uefi Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3.
I'm giving up now.
Thanks for all who tried to help.
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Using the new NetBSD 7.1 amd64 cdrom,
I had a similar problem with an old HP Z400 system.

I tried to install NetBSD 7.1 but the installer failed on the newfs /dev/rwd0a ... and said that the hard drive was "read only".

The machine has no EFI and uses MBR for partitioning but
showed this bogus entry in the system log:

dk0 at wd0: EFI system partition
dk0: 102400 block at 2048 type msdos

To fix it I booted a slackware linux install dvd and ran this from the command line:

fixparts /dev/sda

Then type "q" for quit.

It removed an old gpt table at the end of my disk. Then I was able to install NetBSD with no disk problems.

fixparts is a program from the gptfdisk group of GPT partitioning programs.

http://www.rodsbooks.com/fixparts/index.html
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