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Old 05-02-2007, 12:49 PM   #1
CharlesWinston
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Installing 2nd Harddrive for Backup


Hello everyone,

I've just set up a new system and installed Vector on hda. Hda will be the primary working drive for the machine. I would now like to install a second, smaller hdd (presumably hdb) for the purpose of backing up important files. I've atempted to run through vectors fdisk utility to format the second harddrive with apparent success (zeroed/ext3/linux-type-83)... but now when i boot into hda i can't seem to find any detection of hdb so that i may access it and backup my files... coming from the windows world this doesn't make sense to me, since windows would recognize a fat/ntfs file system on another drive and load it up for my use... perhaps i'm missing something obvious or unknown to my limited linux experience... could someone please shed some light on how i can configure/gain access to hdb so that i may use it from my vector-booted hda and use it on a regular basis as a backup source?

Charles Winston
 
Old 05-02-2007, 12:56 PM   #2
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You will have to add a mount point in your /etc/fstab file in order to store files there.

The easiest way would be to copy one of your hda entries and make sure it has the right parameters and set it to auto if you want it to mount on boot.

HTH
 
Old 05-02-2007, 12:58 PM   #3
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Hey, thanks for the quick reply to my question. Could you please be a little more descriptive as to exactly how you go about doing that? I'm rather new to the linux system and have really just begun to get my hands dirty... (I mean, honestly I'm still trying to figure out exactly where its putting everything in the filesystem:-P)

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Old 05-02-2007, 12:59 PM   #4
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is the device being detected at startup? ( ls /dev ) you should see something like hdb, hdb1
if it is being detected, can you manually mount the drive? (mount /dev/hdb1 /somedirectory -t ext3) or something like that. If so you should be able to add an entry to your fstab to automatically mount the disk at boot time
 
Old 05-02-2007, 01:03 PM   #5
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CharlesWinston -- After following jptuttle's advice check out this link, explains everything about /etc/fstab

HTH,

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Old 05-02-2007, 02:07 PM   #6
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Thank you all very much, After reading all of your responses and the material you supplied to me I tinkered around with things until i finally understood how all of this mounting business works, indeed i learn more and more valuable information regarding linux every day, and in large thanks to all of you!

Charles Winston
 
  


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