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Old 02-09-2006, 10:15 AM   #1
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is it possible to have a device which is not in fstab?
if so, how do I know which devices are working?
I mean, /dev/hda is Hard Drive A, /dev/hdb is Hard Drive B etc, but what about other drives?

What if I have a PCI raid controller? The os is not going to see my HDDs directly, so how can I put them in fstab? How do I find them?
Old 02-09-2006, 11:34 AM   #2
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yes you can add them.

and you can mount them without /etc/fstab knowing about them.

PCI raid controllers work for sure. depending on model etc...

you can edit /etc/fstan to reflect new entries.

you can put them in by creating volume groups.

man lvm
Old 02-09-2006, 11:42 AM   #3
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To find them, try sudo /sbin/fdisk -l or, if you like a GUI, sudo qtparted.

The RAID device(s) should, I believe (I don't have any RAIDs configured.), be listed as /dev/sd?.

In any case, you can see the complete list of devices known to your system with a simple ls /dev But be aware that some of the devices listed may not actually be anything with which you want, or can, use.

You are, of course, free to mount any device on any mount point you define, and not use /etc/fstab, although not having your root file system in fstab may cause problems.


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