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Old 03-29-2005, 11:17 AM   #1
daveoily
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Question windows linux partitions


Hey, my first post, it's a question and a partial solution for new(er than me) Amigo users that may be helpful to some while installing, I didn't understand the way that linux recognises partitions, for instance my hard drive is a single hard drive, but I've put amigo on drive e: which turns out to be hda6, is there a good source of info on the way linux partitions are named relative to windows partitions, I just got lucky on a google search!

Once I got that out of the way it was a pretty smooth install, now all I have to do is configure my modem and I'll be a much happier bunny

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Old 03-29-2005, 12:49 PM   #2
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The basics:

Motherboard IDE connectors and their associated devices:
Primary IDE master.......: /dev/hda - like C:\
Primary IDE slave.........: /dev/hdb - like D:\
Secondary IDE master..: /dev/hdc - etc...
Secondary IDE slave....: /dev/hdd

Partitions example on hda:
(not that these are recommended or anything)
hda1 - swap
hda2 - boot
hda3 - /
hda4 -(like the windows extended partition with logical drives beginning with hda5)
hda5 - /usr

etc...

On one of my machines /dev/hda is the hard drive (C:\), as the master on IDE1, and /dev/hdb is the cdrom drive (D:\), as the slave on IDE1.
Then on /dev/hda I have only 2 partitions, /dev/hda1 is swap and /dev/hda2 is / .

Here's some additional info.

And here's some more.

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Old 03-29-2005, 02:24 PM   #3
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There isn't really any accurate way, since windows has a strange way of arriving at a drive letter.
It recognizes the first primary partition on the first IDE-master. (C
If you have no other hard drive, but you have other partitions on the same drive, they will show up as D:, E:, etc.
But, if you DO have other hard drives then any primary partitions on them will be assigned letters before any non-primary partitions on the first drive.
Don't try to relate them -linux makes perfect sense of it by naming them according to their true location.
 
Old 03-29-2005, 04:51 PM   #4
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Would also add two points (from RTFM)
1) The actual pin-interface of a physical storage device in Linux usually indicates what the first letter of the drive will be.
Example 1:
The 24-pin interface on the back of my 3.5" floppy-disk-drive causes Linux to recognize this device as fd0. Note the beginning "f" w/ no third letter in fd0, as opposed to the "h" and "a" in hda. Windows recognizes this as drive A:\
Example 2:
The multi-pinned SCSI interfaces of my daisy-chained and terminated SCSI-drives cause Linux to recognize these devices as sda, sdb, sdc, ... etc.
instead of the IDE-drive hda, hdb, hdc, ... etc. To Windows, these sdx drives are seen as the same C:\, D:\, E:\... etc.

2) IDE drives added to an add-on controller continue the alphabetical progression of hd# drives.
Example: A PCI add-on controller-card with two channels on the card.
Master drive on channel 1: hde
Slave drive on channel 1:hdf
Master drive on channel 2: hdg
Slave drive on channel 2: hdh
 
Old 04-01-2005, 06:50 AM   #5
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OK, I think I'm starting to get this, well, maybe a bit....

I wanted to get some sort of noddy guide to this, (Intended for a new linux user, as amigo is proving to be a good choice for migration for me at least!) but have ended up reading a bit more stuff than I intended, not that's a bad thing, but anyway. If I've got it right it goes a bit like this (feel free to add the corrections where I screw up please!)

"hda" represents the actual hard drive itself, adding another hard drive would mean that the new device is "hdb" correct? now I don't know the exact ins and outs of it, but theres an initial use of hda's 1 through 4 that is followed, so if you have a partition on the first drive, that in windows would be d: that starts at had5 and after that it gets quite logical (I expect it's quite logical before that and it's just me that doesn't get it yet!) as my e: drive turned out to be hda6 so f: would be hda7 g: would be hda8 etc.... am I right? as for what goes on with a second physical drive, I haven't a clue yet, but I will learn in good time....
 
Old 04-01-2005, 07:22 AM   #6
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hi there

i have this small tutorial

visit
www.linux-iips.tk
there in the "my help pages section" u can have a look at the mounting drives tutorial

regards
 
Old 01-15-2007, 12:40 PM   #7
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how rude of me forgetting to thank you for your help!

a (very) belated thankyou to you all for your help
 
Old 01-15-2007, 04:39 PM   #8
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Belated is right! Almost 2 years. You must be an exspurt by now.

 
Old 01-16-2007, 11:58 AM   #9
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I wish I was an exspurt! This thread is something of a relic of a previous me tho nowadays I'm looking at trying to put together a L.F.S. system, running into all sorts of trouble, but havin fun with it anyway...

Think I might try sorcery linux (I think that's what it's called) but I'm goin to need a good internet connection to do that one methinks...
 
  


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