da8: reading primary partition table: error accessing offset when installing from USB to SSD on Thinkpad X220

Justin Sherrill justin at shiningsilence.com
Wed Jan 14 13:38:30 PST 2015

Yes, use Legacy mode.  We don't support UEFI.  It won't hurt anything.
MBR will also be easier.

You don't have to do anything special for the SSD.  Installing with
Hammer is one of the options in the installer.

As long as the disk is big (>50G), Hammer will be fine.  Since Hammer
preserves history, you can eat up disk space just based on frequent
activity.  You can tune for that, though.

Hammer all pulls from the same volume, so you don't have to worry
about the individual size of /var, /usr, etc.

On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 8:30 PM, Ward H <wardh6973 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Heh. Yeah, it was a lot of text. Blame it on my background;  that's where I
> got the habit.
> So is installing in Legacy only okay? I'm just thinking in terms of FreeBSD
> and their aggressive move towards UEFI in 10.1- though even in that regard
> the Handbook says to use Legacy only. X220s are kinda screwy with UEFI
> anyway, it seems.
> Also, GPT or MBR? I only vaguely understand anything UEFI-related, and
> actually bought the X220 to try to avoid any UEFI funny business for a few
> years. I may have made it more difficult on myself than I intended.
> I'll try the other ports tomorrow.  I have this funny feeling that it will
> give the same result, but it is certainly worth a try.
> And last three questions, for once I get this working:
> - Do I need to take any special steps for an intel series 530 SSD during
> installation?
> - Should I go with HAMMER or UFS? Or, in other words, is HAMMER too "big"
> for 256 MB?
> - For using this laptop as a developer's workstation to self-teach about a
> broad range of topics, some of which include shell scripting, programming
> languages (especially Common Lisp, Python,  C and maybe Perl), setting up
> and maintaining databases, networking via qemu virtualized OS instances, and
> others, is it a good idea to stay with the defaults, or should I mess with
> partition sizes?  I'm also thinking about separation of privilege in a
> physical sense as well as the time and space it will take to do a
> dump/restore.
> I don't have any storage set up yet. I'm just thinking about the future.
> Thanks for your help!
> Ward

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