Mounting a SATA hard drive
I am having problems mounting two SATA hard drives attached to my machine. I have tried looking at various FAQ sites but without any luck. As a (very) newbie I have tried using the mount command - but I don't know what device name to use. Would they be hde and f, or maybe sda ?? The other problem is specifying the filesystem to expect - the drives are not yet formatted so don't really have any! If I try:
mount -t auto /dev/hde /mymountpoint
It tells me that I must specify a filesystem.
I am running Debian (2.4.27) and I've read that this contains 'libata' which has drivers for (some) SATA models. Does this need some configuring? Other articles suggest I should recompile the kernel - but I'm pretty sure I don't want to be getting into that at my stage!
Most help sites talk about installing onto SATA drives, but I just want to mount them!
Any help appreciated!
VIA VT8237 SATA chipset
2 x WD 80Gb SATA drives