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Some months ago I started to load Slackware 13.37 on a new computer with a 40 GB SSD. I went back to finish the job today and could not get fdisk to find sda. The command df found the drive in /dev/devtmpfs, however I haven't been able to get fdisk to connect to the SSD which apparently is not mounted. The installation program will not proceed and complains that the drive has not been partitioned.
I clicked the "find similar threads", but lost the results and can not repeat that initial search. I tried this about 5 times.
I though that I had finished partitioning the SSD when I shut it down last time, but was not happy with the way it turned out.
It is a new,modern machine using an i3-3220 CPU, 40 GB SSD, 8 GB of ram, with a DVD optical drive.
Needless to say I am a newbie and would appreciate any help.
It's possible that your SSD may not be physically connected any longer or you didn't finish partitioning it properly the last time.
Assuming there is no data on the SSD you want to keep ...
Boot the Slackware installation media (as you did before) and list the disks found with the command ...
(that's a lowercase L)
Note the disk names that are listed. Probably "/dev/sda".
Then partition the disk with the command
.. or whatever device name the fdisk -l command returns.
Remember in fdisk to execute the command 'w' to write the partition to the drive.
If no disks are found check the connections.
Some people prefer to use cfdisk instead of fdisk. I like fdisk.
... however I haven't been able to get fdisk to connect to the SSD which apparently is not mounted.
Technical Note: filesystems are mounted not disk drives nor disk partitions. First you partition a disk, then you create a file system on the partition, then you mount that file system. All you have to do is partition the disk, the installation process ("setup") will take care of the rest as you follow the process.
EDIT: Slow typist. syg00 mentioned the important part.
Last edited by TracyTiger; 08-22-2014 at 12:33 AM.
lsblk -o, gave me a list of available columns. Type and state were not included. There may have been more, I do not know how to scroll back. There was a note that for more information see the MAN pages.