Linux can't access my second hard drive
THE PROBLEM: My computer has two hard drives. Linux (Fedora 2) is installed on one. I have not been able to access the other even though the BIOS sees it and Disc Druid purported to partition it when I installed Linux.
450MHz Pentium 111 on 100MHz CC820 Motherboard
Primary IDE Master: 8GB Maxtor 90871U2 Hard Drive
Primary IDE Slave: 16GB Maxtor 91728D8 Hard Drive
Linux is installed on the Primary Master Drive - the small one
HISTORY: I originally installed Linux in a stripped down version (no system admin or programming stuff) on the small drive six or eight months ago. At that time the small drive was the slave. I ran the computer as a dual boot set up with Windows 98 on the large (master) drive, booting to the slave with a floppy. While working in Linux I was able to access and work with Windows files on the large drive.
A few weeks ago I decided I was ready. I migrated all the Windows stuff I needed to another computer and switched the jumpers on the hard drives so the smaller was the master. I then did a complete Linux reinstall, this time including a bunch of stuff I had previously left out. For this install I had Disc Druid work only with the existing Linux partitions, that is, the small drive.
When I couldn't find the second hard drive I did another complete reinstall, this time telling Disc Druid to set up everything as Linux partitions. Anaconda wanted to install Linux on the larger (hdb) drive, but I told it to go back to hda. I know it did this because there is only 4.3GB open space left on the home drive. I still cannot find the large drive.
If I log in as Root and click through Computer, file system, dev I find a whole bunch of stuff listed from hda1 through hdt. If I click on - say - hdb1 I get an error message saying "Nothing Attached." There was a whole bunch of stuff left on the large drive when I started the first reinstall but it is possible (and quite acceptable) that it was all blown away in the second reinstall. Still, there should be 16 Gigs of space for me to store files. WHERE IS IT?
PLEASE DON'T TELL ME to recheck the hard drive cables etc. I am confident of my art and, in any case, have triple checked this already. Besides, the BIOS locates it as the slave on the primary IDE.