Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 11-11-2005, 09:11 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Puerto Rico
Distribution: Mandriva 2005 LE
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
How to use a slave HD to back up files Linux/Win?

I have 3HDs, i was just using 2 of them, one with mandriva 2005 le, and the other one with win xp. Both master, so i switch cables everytime i want to swap versions. So I decded to use the other HD as a back up disk, so i can save files to that hd and use them both in linux and windows. I first formatted the disk in windows, using fdisk creating a primary DOS partition, linux recognized it but was unable to read or write. (it only shows in hardDrake) hdb. Then i formatted it in linux, and it doesn't show in windows.

Is there any way i can get it to work w/ both?
Old 11-11-2005, 10:43 AM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Oct 2005
Distribution: SLES 12
Posts: 1,785

Rep: Reputation: 127Reputation: 127
You should format the spare disk with fat32.
After formating the disk, you have to change the entires in /etc/fstab.

spare disk is third hdd. master at secondary ide: hdc(a), slave at same channel: hdd(b)

entry in /etc/fstab:

/windows /dev/hdc vfat auto,rw,defaults 0 0


/windows /dev/hdd vfat auto,rw,defaults 0 0

at last create a folder in the base directory named windows.
Old 11-28-2005, 01:29 PM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Puerto Rico
Distribution: Mandriva 2005 LE
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Unhappy i cant get it to work

I tryed
/windows /dev/hdc vfat auto,rw,defaults 0 0
/windows /dev/hdd vfat auto,rw,defaults 0 0
and neither worked, so as hardrake says it's hdb, i changed it to hdb.

When i try to mount the drive it says it must be mounted by root, so i change to the root account and try to mount it , it dows nothing. If anybody can help me....

here's a copy of my fstab
# This file is edited by fstab-sync - see 'man fstab-sync' for details
/dev/hda1 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/hda6 /home ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom iso9660 user,iocharset=iso8859-1,noauto,ro,exec 0 0
none /mnt/floppy supermount dev=/dev/fd0,fs=ext2:vfat,--,umask=0,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,codepage=850 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hda5 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/hdd /mnt/cdrom2 auto umask=0,user,iocharset=iso8859-1,sync,codepage=850,noauto,ro,exec,users 0 0
/dev/hdb /windows vfat auto,rw,defaults 0 0
/dev/sda1 /mnt/removable vfat pamconsole,exec,noauto,noatime,sync,codepage=850,iocharset=iso8859-1,managed 0 0

This is what hardrake says about my spare disk,
Vendor: ‎Samsung

Model: ‎SV0511D

Media class: ‎hd

Bus identification
Device ID: ‎1

Bus: ‎ide

Channel: ‎primary

Old device file: ‎/dev/hdb

New devfs device: ‎/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target1/lun0/disc

Primary partitions: ‎1 (hdb1)

Geometry: ‎659/240/63 (CHS)

Disk controller: ‎0

hope that's enough info.. thanks for replying
Old 12-04-2005, 11:34 PM   #4
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Puerto Rico
Distribution: Mandriva 2005 LE
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Smile i did it! ;) yay

thanks Keruskerf├╝rst, i try it back again and it worked!


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Accessing Linux files from Win XP beppe Linux - Software 2 02-01-2005 04:56 AM
Errors When I copied Win files from Lin back to Win! dougp25 Linux - General 2 09-15-2004 05:03 AM
modify win xp files from linux punked Linux - Software 4 08-15-2004 08:37 AM
How to get back my --linux-.--- files?? dufferin Slackware 2 06-28-2004 01:30 AM
linux and win xp sharing files..? dejan_j Linux - Networking 3 05-09-2003 09:18 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:03 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration