New Linux Install removed secondary hard drive partition
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Did you mean that RH9 claimed all of your second harddrive or just part of it? I also use RH9 and have several hard drives. What happens when you use this command:
The above command should show you which partitions RH9 is currently using. However, it will only show you the partitions that RH9 currently has mounted, it will not show you all the partitons that exist. You could also try using the command below to find all of the partitions that exist on your second hard drive. Before doing that either use the su command to get superuser priveleges or log in as root. That is a lower case L in the command by the way and not the number 1. Use a lower case l.
/sbin/fdisk /dev/hdb -l
Remember that the above command as given would only show the partitions on your second hard drive. When I have installed RH9 or other versions of RH I have never let it do the partitioning automatically. I prefer to choose the custom installation option and then use the Disk Druid option for partitioning. I have never liked the idea of automatic partitioning (perhaps it is ok?). The RH installation program also has an option to use fdisk for partitioning. I used that once with RH 7.3. I prefer the Disk Druid option because it seems more user friendly.
I want to make sure we correctly understand your current configuration before any of us suggest what to do.
PS, on second thought do not use the above fdisk command. When I tried that just now it not only gave the the information I wanted but it also announced this;
Warning: deleting partitions after 16
Fortunately, there is not anything important beyond partion 16 on my second hard drive. They are several almost empty partions that only have backup of data that exists on other partions. Obviously I am not an expert an using fdisk. I generally try to avoid using it and mostly use other software such as Partiton Magic and Disk Druid instead for partition. Can someone who knows more about fdisk please explain what I did wrong in the above command?
Well I rebooted and used had Partition Magic to view all my partitons. All of my important partitons are still there. Whatever was above partiton 16 was not important. I tested all of the copies of Linux that are on my second hard drive and they boot up ok and all data seems to be there.
I do not mean to steal your thread so, I will probably post my questions and problems with fdisk in a new conversation. So anyway everthing was ok but I believe fdisk did delete an unimportant partition or two.
[root@localhost root]# mount
/dev/hda2 on / type ext3 (rw)
none on /proc type proc (rw)
usbdevfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbdevfs (rw)
/dev/hda1 on /boot type ext3 (rw)
none on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
none on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
If the 2nd drive is formated NTFS then that is probably why RH doesn't see it correctly. RH does not include NTFS support in its default kernel. To add support search the site for links to sourceforge's web site.
Try using fdisk to see as suggested above. You probably don't have 16 partitions on the drive anyway.