Of course, linux provided some handy tools to solve this issue. Using
I noted that HPA was enabled and only a fraction of the available sectors were indicated as available in max sectors. So, I set the max sectors equal to the available sectors usinghdparm -N /dev/sdb
Please note that the numbers and drive identifiers are samples only (my drive didn't contain 78165360 sectors and I'm not sure it was sdb).hdparm -N p78165360 /dev/sdx
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