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Old 10-26-2003, 10:35 PM   #1
Belph9
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Trying to install Redhat on a USB hard drive


Linux is a new world to me, so please bear with me. Just bought Redhat 9 the other day and tried to dual boot it onto a Dell computer that now runs Windows XP. I have 30 gig hard drive internal (that XP is on) and an HP 80 gig external USB hard drive. I ran "Disk Druid" program up to the point of making the partitions. I was going to leave the Windows as is on the internal drive and partition the external drive using the "free space" and making 3 partitions as they suggest in the manual. The drive now has just a few back-ups on it that take up 6 or 7 gigs. When I went to choose this drive (the USB, external) to install the Redhat, I noticed that it didn't exist on the list. It just showed the internal drive and it's partitions. Does linux not recognize USB drives? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. And please remember, I've never used linux before and probably wouldn't recognize any lingo specific to linux. Thanks a lot for any help.
 
Old 10-27-2003, 02:08 PM   #2
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Re: Trying to install Redhat on a USB hard drive

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Linux is a new world to me, so please bear with me. Just bought Redhat 9 the other day and tried to dual boot it onto a Dell computer that now runs Windows XP. I have 30 gig hard drive internal (that XP is on) and an HP 80 gig external USB hard drive. I ran "Disk Druid" program up to the point of making the partitions. I was going to leave the Windows as is on the internal drive and partition the external drive using the "free space" and making 3 partitions as they suggest in the manual. The drive now has just a few back-ups on it that take up 6 or 7 gigs. When I went to choose this drive (the USB, external) to install the Redhat, I noticed that it didn't exist on the list. It just showed the internal drive and it's partitions. Does linux not recognize USB drives? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. And please remember, I've never used linux before and probably wouldn't recognize any lingo specific to linux. Thanks a lot for any help.
On several occasions I connected USB drives to RH9.
If the drive has never been connected, connect the drive and start up.

Use the hardware browser to see what name RH has given to the drive/partitions and mount them (I mostly make an entry in fstab and restart).

I know that there was an issue with RH and multiple luns. So there can be a problem. RH 9 does not support multiple luns.
In that case you have to recompile the kernel.

Suse 8.2 (and up) does support and I think Debian also did but I am not sure.

CB
 
Old 10-30-2003, 10:20 AM   #3
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Thank you so much for taking the time to solve this problem. It is well appreciated. Looks like I have some homework though. I'm starting to believe that there is no such thing as a "Linux Beginner". Seems like everybody has some experience. I thought I could just buy this version of Red Had, whip it on the hard drive, and I could have a nice, working, dual boot system with a minimal amount of trouble. But I guess in the long run, if you want to be a linux user, you've got to get into it all the way, and, you probably appreciate it more if you find out all the steps involved in installing it. So, in the mean time, I have to find out the meaning of the words: fstab; mount; multiple luns, and, I know generally what a kernel is, but I've never had to recompile one. I will try and look these up and see if I can make sense of it all. I'll let you know how it worked out. Thanks again for your help.
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Old 10-30-2003, 12:47 PM   #4
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I''ll give you some hints.
On the site of SLACKWARE (another linux distro(distribution) there is a book with a lot of information that may be useful. You can print it or download it.

fstab = configuration file for HD, CD etc.
mount = connecting the os with the HD, CDR etc. (in dos or windows, all drives are automatically connected in linux this is not the case. In fstab you can give the orders, to connect at start-up, or that only the supervisor can control or that any user can make a connection (mount).
You must unmount your CDR or Flop, if you want to take them out. (this is not the truth with all distro's but in RH this is the case).

There is more than one distro, RH,Suse,Debian, Slack and several others. KNOPPIX is a special case. It is DEbian, but you load an iso on a CDR and then it starts from cdr an does not put anything on your HD. It plays the game from memory. It is very nice to try linux out without installing.

A good book is obligatory, without it you don't go far.

Hope that this lines helped you out.

CB
 
  


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