Mandrake 10.1 - Linux doesn't "see" free hard drive space
OK, first of all, I'm a relative newbie. It took me about 4 evenings to install and set everything up, including a struggle to configure a winmodem, and configure an ISA sound card. Well, that is all done (gave up on the winmodem and used a hardware modem on COM1), but now I have another issue.
I have 2 hard drives, both 1.9 Gig. I loaded linux onto the first hard drive, and formatted it, as Linux is the only OS that I am running. I did a custom install, to keep space usage down a bit, as I didn't need all of the software offered.
Now - here's the thing:
If I go into OTHER>PACKAGES>INSTALL SOFTWARE under KDE it only shows about 300 Meg available disk space. It seems that the second hard drive is not being counted.
I went into DiskDrake, and the second hard drive is there, and I have formatted it. It has 3 partitions, including 100Meg swap file. It seems that the partitions are not mounted, and there is no "mount" available in the menu.
Do I need to set a mount point on this disk for the OS to see the available space? If I click on the "set mount point" option, it suggests /var. Is this a valid/good choice? Should I also set a mount point on the second partition? Also, should I select the option to 'move the files to new partition' or 'hide'?
So, my general question is this: Does each partition need to have a mount point, and be mounted, in order for linux to see the available space?
And lastly: Will DiskDrake make the proper adjustments so that the OS knows where these mount points are located for the next restart?
Thanks for your kind assistance,