[PC-BSD Testing] Dolphin thinks external HD is full but it isn't (Jeff)

Ian Robinson fitchkendall at gmail.com
Thu Aug 5 17:55:15 PDT 2010

Jeff said:

I removed all files from the drive and now it reports 1.2GB free.

# df -h shows:

Filesystem   Size    Used     Avail    Capacity  Mounted on
/dev/da0s1   1.9G    635M    1.2G    35%         /media/disk

Yet Dolphin reports the drive size as 931.5 GiB which seems about right.

Sysinstall shows:

DISK Geometry:  121601 cyls/255 heads/63 sectors = 1953520065 sectors

Offset                       Size(ST)             End                Name
PType       Desc      Subtype    Flags

0                              63                      62
-           12            unused          0
63                            1953520002     1953520064  da0s1     8
    freebsd      165
1953520065              5103 1953525167                     -       12
      unused         0


The sysinstall -> label command appears consistent with the df report.  You
have likely not set up a file system on the entire disk because the label
command reports a large amount of unused space.

Since you now have no files on the disk, why don't you enter sysinstall and
run the fdisk and label commands to make a filesystem that uses "All" of the
disk space.

Please give that a try.  Further, when you are done, you should end up with
a visual confirmation that da0s1 has only a few unused bytes left over.  You
can also have label report in a more user-friendly and sensible manner like
gigabytes instead of sectors.

Ian Robinson
Salem, Ohio
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