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flatstan 07-18-2009 05:23 PM

Hardware crash,Repaired,New Install New Hard drive,how to access original Hard drive
I'm running Suse 10.3 on a standard Athlone 3400+ system.
I had a failure of my Power Supply and the CPU at the same time.
I replaced the PSU & the CPU & all is well, but the system will not boot from the original Hard Drive.
I did a fresh install of 10.3 on a new Hard Drive & all is well.
How can I mount the original Hard Drive as a slave, to copy over information / files / folders.
I made a new entry in fstab stating the file system as linux, on trying to mount the original drive I get error messages about file systems.
I would like help for adding a correct line to fstab & also for the correct mount command.
I have made a new folder in mnt - slave, & I would like the correct mount command such as - mount -t (file system) /dev/sdb /mnt/slave, to work with the fstab entry. Thanks.

thorkelljarl 07-18-2009 06:26 PM

An easy way...

You might use almost any live-cd to read and write to both HDD. I would think that the latest PCLinuxOS would be suitable as it has a KDE 3.5 desktop that would be familiar to you and easily allows you to boot with root privileges.

May I ask why you have paused at 10.3? I would think that 11.0 or 11.1 with KDE 3.5 would give you the advantages of a newer kernel and newer program packages without also presenting you with newer problems.

When you mention slave, do you mean that you have set the new HDD as Master and the older HDD as Slave on your controller? Are they then not seen as /dev/hda(sda) and /dev/hdb(sdb) and could be mounted as such?

flatstan 07-19-2009 02:38 PM

Thanks thorkelljarl, what is "live-cd" I am still a newbie with linux.
I have tried both suse 11.0 & 11.1 with GNOME but had prob's with both,
Amule was very unstable on both and consistently crashed, also Banshee would not load.
I have never had these prob's with 10.3 which I am very happy with, it gives me everything
I require with an OS so I have not persevered with suse 11.
I have always used GNOME & am not familiar with KDE.
Yes I set the newly set up HDD as Master & the original HDD as Slave,
with this setup fdisk gives the original HDD as SDB.
I wish to copy stuff from the original HDD which seems to be OK, to the new HDD,
but my knowledge of the command line, fstab & mounting is not good.
I will appreciate any help for copying the info on the orig' HDD to the new. thanks.

flatstan 07-19-2009 03:00 PM

Hi again thorkelljarl, I have found PClinuxOS & downloaded it, I'll burn it & give it a try.

thorkelljarl 07-19-2009 06:15 PM

Gotta learn the line...

Try this tutorial if you have the time and patience.

Look at this as well.

wabbalee 07-19-2009 08:42 PM

Check these links for info on fstab: post#5

You will need to change 'vfat' into whatever file system you have on that slave drive (e.g. ext2, ext3, ntfs-3g)

personally I think this is quite easy to do.

flatstan 07-21-2009 12:49 PM

Hardware Crash etc.
Hi thorkelljarl, I tried Linux OS Live CD, it booted OK but gave error msgs, I gave up & downloaded SUSE 10.3 Live CD, thia enabled me to access
my orginal HDD, so problem solved. I followed the links you gave, very useful thanks, I will read them through. Thanks very much for your help.

Hi wabbalee, I followed the first link that you sent, good info, I'll learn that, unfortunately the second link is invalid. thanks for your help.

wabbalee 07-21-2009 06:51 PM

let's try that again, because this was the 'better' one of the two.

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