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Old 04-19-2005, 12:06 AM   #1
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FC3 doesn't recognize hard drive hdb

I have installed FC3 and updates on hda.
I instructed install to remove all partitions on all drives at beginning of install.
My system does not recognize my second drive.
BIOS does recognize it as primary slave.
Not sure what to do next.

I run the command: fdisk /dev/hdb
response: Could not run the specified command
I run mkfs /dev/hdb
response: Could not run the specified command

dmesg shows:

Probing IDE interface ide0...
hdb: WDC AC28400R, ATA DISK drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
Probing IDE interface ide1...
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
Probing IDE interface ide2...
Probing IDE interface ide3...
Probing IDE interface ide4...
Probing IDE interface ide5...
hda: max request size: 128KiB
hda: 26760384 sectors (13701 MB) w/418KiB Cache, CHS=26548/16/63
hda: cache flushes not supported
hda: hda1 hda2
hdb: max request size: 128KiB
hdb: 16514064 sectors (8455 MB) w/512KiB Cache, CHS=16383/16/63
hdb: cache flushes not supported
hdb: hdb1
hdc: ATAPI 40X CD-ROM CD-R/RW drive, 2048kB Cache, DMA
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
Old 04-19-2005, 07:00 AM   #2
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Is the drive in /etc/fstab file? If you don't need anything off the drive, try to format it with a linux filesystem. QTParted is a formating program for linux.
Old 04-21-2005, 11:37 PM   #3
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Thank you for the lead. No, the drive is not in fstab.
display of fstab follows, also df -h.

[loren@localhost ~]$ cat /etc/fstab

# This file is edited by fstab-sync - see 'man fstab-sync' for details
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 / ext3 defaults 1 1
LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /sys sysfs defaults 0 0
/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol01 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/hdc /media/cdrecorder auto pamconsole,exec,noauto,fscontext=system_ubject_r:removable_t,managed 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy auto pamconsole,exec,noauto,fscontext=system_ubject_r:removable_t,managed 0 0

[loren@localhost ~]$ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
19G 6.9G 11G 39% /
/dev/hda1 99M 13M 82M 13% /boot
none 379M 0 379M 0% /dev/shm
[loren@localhost ~]$


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