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Old 03-31-2003, 10:57 PM   #1
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2nd Hard Drive

I'm a real newbie (install SuSE 8.0 2 days ago). I have added a second hard drive that has Fat 32 format and stuff I don't want to lose. It is listed on the hardware listings but I haven't been able to mount it. It is a Maxtor 60 GB. Help!

Old 03-31-2003, 11:31 PM   #2
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I'm going to assume IDE, Primary Slave... As root:
Create a mount point: 'mkdir /mnt/hdb'
Mount the partition: 'mount /dev/hdb1 /mnt/hdb'

Do you get any errors while performing the mount?
Old 04-01-2003, 08:24 AM   #3
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To find what driver file holds our disk, check (4th paragraph, title /dev/hda).

Then, create the mount point, a directory where you will access the data. I use a special directory for all mount points, not in /mnt, to keep this latter free as a mount point (as in FHS). I created a /fs (stands for FileSystems). So you do, as root :

mkdir /fs && mkdir /fs/windows

Then you must include a line in /etc/fstab for your disk to be mounted every time you boot. Run this, as root :

echo "/dev/hdb /fs/windows vfat defaults 0 0" >> /etc/fstab

If you want many users to access your FAT32 data, don't inset that line, but create a group :

addgroup win-access

Then add the users meant to access the FAT32 disk to that group :

adduser tatania win-access
adduser nadia win-access

Beware, I'm not sure if there is an adduser/addgroup in Suse.

Then run this, as root :

echo "/dev/hdb /fs/windows vfat defaults,gid=`grep '^win-access' /etc/group | cut -d ":" -f 3` 0 0" >> /etc/fstab

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Old 04-01-2003, 10:28 AM   #4
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Thanks bentz, it works well, no errors. Thank you too moinefou. while I didn't use your method, I'm glad to know more than one way of doing things.

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re hard drive with unknow os

i have a drive from a dishnet work receiver it has something on it i want to mount that drive as is to see what is on it how do i do this with out destroying the data
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1) Log in as a user then type su at the console.
2) Make a directory. For example in /mnt
mkdir /mnt/dishnet-work-receiver
The directory can be anything you want. Most LINUX distributions put additional drives under /mnt
3) Go into /dev and find the drive.
4) Type mount -r /dev/hdb /mnt/dishnet-work-receiver
This will mount the drive as read only from the designated -r. Mount will try to mount it and try to find the right filesystem. If it doesn't then you need to remember what filesystem and type
mount -t filesystemtype -r /dev/hdb /mnt/dishnet-work-receiver
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i too also have prob. with my second hard disk which also has redhat 9.0
now the prob. is that when i boot linux in the first hdd with redhat 9.0 which is primary master then it starts detecting devices of my another computer from my other hdd.
such was not the prob. with radhat 7.3,it started in 8.0 and 9.0


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