Let’s look at
fdisk -l /dev/sdc output.
# fdisk -l /dev/sdc Disk /dev/sdc: 786 MB, 786432000 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 95 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x00000000
I counted capacity for this virtual disk. Check it on image. I got 781401600 bytes instead of 786432000 bytes in upper listing. I have no ideas why it is so. How to get 786432000 bytes(I lost 5030400 bytes)?
See this answer where it’s all authoritatively explained:
In brief, CHS numbers do not have much value these days and are actually reverse-calculated from the actual capacity in bytes. That is, your disk capacity is actually 786432000 bytes. Let’s calculate the number of cylinders for your case:
bytes b/S H S C 786432000 / 512 / 255 / 63 = 95.61157796451914
Now you must somehow get rid of a poor
.6 of a cylinder and so you get:
C / H / S = 95 / 255 / 63
Obviously, the rounding error yields the wrong result going back to byte count. Your missing bytes riddle:
C S H b/S 0.61157796451914 * 63 * 255 * 512 = 5030399.999999992 ~ 5030400
In short – forget about CHS. Even more if you have a SSD. Unless you have a hydra SSD, you’ll have a hard time counting how many heads it has anyway…