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Old 01-01-2005, 09:31 PM   #1
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Formating a new external hard drive

Hiya! I got a new external hard drive for Christmas. I primarily use FC3, dual booted with a 10GB NTFS Windows partition. I use GRUB as a boot loader.

The External hard drive I got is a Bytecc 5.25" External Enclosure Model Number ME-340U2F. Firewire/USB2.0

I need to know how to make FC3 see this (or if it does how I can do something with it from within FC3), and how to format it. I would like to use the external HD to try out SuSe, not just make it an extension of FC3.

I'm still pretty new to linux, so please try and be as detailed as possible!
Thanks in advance for any help!
Old 01-02-2005, 06:28 AM   #2
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First you need to know where the device will be connected.

1) disconnect the drive
2) type as root the command 'tail -f /var/log/message' here you can follow what happens when you
connect your drive
3) plug the drive in you computer (power on)
4) look in the tail from above, when you see a name like sda sdb or similar maybe there are also partitions
which you will see as sda1 sda5 or similar

lets suppose you have read '/dev/sda'

then you can make partitions on it like on any other harddisk in case they don't exist
fdisk /dev/sda or cfdisk /dev/sda

5) when you have the partition you want format is with a filesystem you prefer,
mkreiserfs /dev/sda1

6) in case you didn't find any sd? device it is possible that you don't have firewire support or at least miss the sbp2 driver load it first with 'modprobe sbp2' en redo the whole sequence.

7) when all this works you might be interested in udev which can recognize this drive and give it a meaningful name. (if you have a 2.6 kernel check with 'uname -a'




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