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Old 07-14-2006, 06:19 AM   #1
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FC5 fails to see new SATA harddisk


Hi all,

I've just put an additional harddisk in my desktop system, connected to a new SATA card, the second in my system. (Up to this point, I have had one ATA drive and two SATA drives connected to the MB, and two more SATA drives connected to the first SATA card).

The PC bios sees the new drive in the HD setup. The SATA card bios sees it at boot time as well. lspci also sees both SATA cards:

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02:0c.0 SATA controller: Initio Corporation Unknown device 1622 (rev 02)

02:0d.0 Mass storage controller: Silicon Image, Inc. SiI 3112
[SATALink/SATARaid] Serial ATA Controller (rev 02)
However, there is no indication in dmesg of the kernel mounting this new drive, which I would expect to be called "sde". And therefore fdisk doesn't see it either.

Any thoughts on what the issue might be?

I am running Fedora Core 5 with the 2.6.16-1.2133 kernel (also testing 2.6.17-1.2145).
 
Old 07-14-2006, 07:19 AM   #2
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You need to create a partition on the new disk. After that you need a filesystem. Only after that you can mount it.

To see what drives your system can see use "fdisk -l".
If your disk is in the list, "fdisk /dev/sdX" will bring the partition editor, so you can create a new partition with the command "n" and commit the changes with the command "x".

Now, you need to create a filesystem in that partition. Lets says it is /dev/sde1. "mkfs -t ext3 /dev/sde1".

Finally, you can mount the new created filesystem with "mkdir /mnt/newdisk; mount -t ext3 /dev/sde1 /mnt/newdisk".
 
Old 07-14-2006, 11:52 AM   #3
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Hi, thanks for the reply. As I indicated in my message, fdisk doesn't see this disk, so I can't create a partition on it.

I may have used the wrong terminology when I wrote: "However, there is no indication in dmesg of the kernel mounting this new drive"

I shouldn't have said mounting it; according to dmesg, the kernel doesn't even see it.
 
Old 07-14-2006, 12:22 PM   #4
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I'm sorry. I missed the "...fdisk doesn't see it either"

Well, I read somewhere that are several problems with SATA disks and some BIOS/Mobos.
My only idea is to check if your machine and disk are well supported by linux.
Just search for SATA in this forum and you will find lots of posts about. Check if anyone has a setup like yours. I did my self and I found some got the problem fixed by changing distro or upgrading their systems.

sorry, but I have no better answer to you.

good luck !
 
Old 07-14-2006, 03:24 PM   #5
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Thanks for your reply. I think I will pick up a different SATA PCI card tomorrow and see if that helps...
 
  


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