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I can't seem to find an answer anywhere for this specific problem i've run into.
I have Linux (MD 9.1) dual booting with WinXP on /dev/hda which is fine, there's 7 partitions total on that drive, 2 NTFS and 5 Ext2 for linux. It's a 60GB IBM drive.
A while ago I added a 2nd hard drive (WD 1200JB - 120GB), which is formatted with 1 100GB NTFS partition. The problem is, linux has never seen(it has never shown up in linux) this drive before, i've just never needed to fix it until now.
So my setup is the 60GB IBM is the IDE primary master drive(/dev/hda).
The 120GB WD is the IDE secondary master drive, which should be /dev/hdc, but linux has no /dev/hdc listed at all.
I also have a Plextor burner as IDE secondary slave which shows up and works fine in linux as /dev/hdd as it should.
So it has now become important to see the WD on /dev/hdc because i just installed FreeBSD to a 10GB slice on it, and i want to use lilo to boot it, but lilo can't because linux doesn't see /dev/hdc at all, hence can't boot the necassary partition to fire up FreeBSD.
Any suggestions or help anyone? I release the drive should just be showing up as /dev/hdc but is there anyway i can manually add the drive in or have linux scan the IDE bus's for new drives?
Go into the BIOS and activate the Secondary Master channel. If its already activated, type "dmesg | grep -i WD". If you see it listed all you have to do is log in as su or root, make a directory in /mnt, and mount it. When mounting NTFS partitions, use the read-only option. This is because LINUX can not write to NTFS safely. If you want to use the WD for storage, format it as FAT32. However, Windows XP limits formatting FAT32 partitions to 32 GB, so you have to use Win98 or WinME to format your hard drive.
What does cat /proc/cmdline say. I think you have noprobe for hdc.
Originally posted by Mara How do you try to access the drive? Is it mentioned in kernel boot logs (dmesg command to list them).
If so, add the drive with these two steps:
1) make a mount point to represent the drive (say, hdb1)
2) edit your /etc/fstab and add a line to point to the new mount point:
device -------->/dev/hdb1 (if its the first partition you need)
set permissions like the other drives/mounts
I don't necessarily care about seeing that NTFS partition, i would just like hdc to be parsed in the /dev dir. Like there should be a /dev/hdc, /dev/hdc1 and /dev/hdc2 (or how ever many partions linux would see in a BSD slice).
Because my ultimate goal is to get lilo to boot FreeBSD for me, but since linux can't see hdc i can't point lilo in it's direction.
Does this make sense? Am i going in the right direction?
Remember if you add the partition (or slice in *BSD terms) to your /etc/fstab you can access it from Linux as well (same the other way around as well). I had a friend who did that and actually was successful at writing to his database from either OS. Cool! Enjoy the triple boot! Have you left room for BeOS?