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Old 03-09-2005, 09:11 PM   #1
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Install Additional Hard Drive in Fedora

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Can anybody tell me what preperations I may need on adding another hard drive to my server? Currently I am running a PowerEdge 1600SC with a primary SCSI Hard Drive for bootup of Fedora. I'd like to add another hard drive (internal) that I bought (IDE). Once restarting the server, (if BIOS recongizes, etc...) what steps do I take next? Do I need to edit some system files or does Fedora still keep my current bootup drive the same? Will all I have to do is just mount the extra drive and format? How will I know which drive is which?

Any help would be great! :-)

P.S. I do have an IDe and SCSI Card, so I believe I can use both.

Thanks! :-)
Old 03-10-2005, 09:01 AM   #2
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You said you have a SCSI disk as your primary, so it's probably labeled /dev/sda

If you stick in an IDE, it will be labeled /dev/hd[some letter].

I'm going to guess that it's /dev/hda, but it's possible it coule be /dev/hdb, never tried this before.

Anyway, once you power off, install HD, power on, you'll type

fdisk /dev/hda

If that doesn't work, as in it doesn't see a drive there, type hdb instead.

You'll want to create a new partition on it, of whatever size. Maybe multiple partitions. You'll want to make the partition Linux ( all this is done in fdisk, I expect you to figure it out, since it's kind of obvious )

Once you're happy with the partition on the disk, you'll want to save it or write it.

Then you'll need to make a new FS on the disk. You'll use, mkfs, you'll use mkfs.ext3 on it. If you want to pre label it, you can, say you want to make an /other partition. You'd do something like this:

mkfs.ext3 -L /other /dev/hda1

Otherwise, man mkfs.ext3, man is your friend.

From there you'll edit your /etc/fstab, by adding the new disk in to it.

Then you'll do a mkdir /other ( after all there has to be some place for the mount to attach to )

Last but not least, you'll do a mount /other

That's it in a nutshell.
Old 03-10-2005, 09:54 AM   #3
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Before installing, you need to be wary of Grub as your bootloader. Linux assignes seperate types of device nodes for IDE and SCSI, /dev/sdx and /dev/hdx, but Grub assignes numbers based on the boot order (I belive) so the safest bet is to get the BIOS to recognize the new hard disk as a boot device AFTER the current one, otherwise you will end up staring at
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Old 03-10-2005, 02:33 PM   #4
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Thanks! :-) You seem to know how to do this...

Just one thing, though...

However, I am very new to the Linux command prompt. I do know that Fedora 3 has an easy GUI for the hard drives? Will all I have to do there is mount the drive, (that you listed as being an IDE) and Linux should recongize the drive? Are there any common "dummy" stuff that beginners do, that you could inform me so I don't trash the machine? If you could give me some intro. onto adding the drive via the built-in Fedora GUI, that'd be great.
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All he's doing is adding a disk, his grub.conf info won't change so long as the disk he's adding won't be the root disk, which he doesn't seem to be stating.

All you have to do is follow the steps I laid out. You could also go to google and type add disk fedora, and you'll probably find the same info.


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