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Old 12-04-2003, 09:20 AM   #1
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adding a new disk


Greetings;

I'm not a Linux guru by any stretch!
I have to add a disk to our system mainly to add more swap
space but I don't even know how to start. All of the docs talk
about installation time which I already did. Is there anywhere
to find a step by step instruct to add a disk to an existing system?

THanks for any help!
Val
 
Old 12-04-2003, 12:37 PM   #2
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if this is soley going to be swap and 'extra' storage space, then you should put the swap file as the first partition.

if you put the hard drive as the slave drive on the primary ide channel, then linux will label it as /dev/hdb

once you boot up linux, you will need to format and partition that harddrive with fdisk. here's a great tutorial:
http://www.justlinux.com/nhf/Install...ing_fdisk.html

you definately want to put the swap partition as the first paritition. seek times are faster closer to the 'begining' of the disk.

after parition your new harddrive as you want (i imagine you'll have other data partitions on there too..)

edit your /etc/fstab as root so you switch to using the new swapfile. info here:
http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/fstab.html
 
Old 12-04-2003, 01:27 PM   #3
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Adding additional swap space is not difficult at all. Once the drive is installed and you reboot the computer.
1. Create a swap partition and anyother partitions as desired.
2. Format the swap partition i.e. mkswap /dev/hdxy
3. Add partition to /etc/fstab file:
/dev/hdxy swap swap defaults 0 0
4. Activate swap i.e. swapon /dev/hdxy

Replace /dev/hdxy with the actual partition and device ID of the new drive.
1st controller master - hda
1st controller slave - hdb
2nd controller master - hdc
2nd controller slave - hdd
etc. etc.

Check out the man pages for mkfs and mkreiserfs for formating regular partitions like ext3 etc.
 
  


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