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Old 09-08-2003, 10:45 PM   #1
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Question Mounting a Zip Disk


I'm using my IDE Zip Drive with Linux now, and it's going quite well save for one thing.

Normally I can mount it with a command like:

mount -t vfat /dev/hdd4 /mnt/zip

However /dev/hdd4 doesn't exist if I don't have the Zip disk in the drive when Linux starts up.

How can I get it to probe the drive to get hdd4 to come up?

Thanks for any help!
 
Old 09-09-2003, 01:57 AM   #2
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what does your logs say when u startup linux w/o the zip disk?

have u tried checking your partition layout via fdisk -l?
 
Old 09-09-2003, 05:34 AM   #3
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Here's the relevant output of fdisk -l with the zip disk having been in the drive on boot-up.

Code:
Disk /dev/ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/disc: 100 MB, 100663296 bytes
64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 96 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes
 
                                Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks  Id  System
/dev/ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/part4   *           1          96       98288   b  W95 FAT32
I'm running Gentoo (which uses devfs) which makes things a little different. Is this what's causing the problems?

/dev/hdd is symlinked to ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/disc and when hdd4 is around it's symlinked to ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0/part4.

It works fine if the disk is in during boot-up... Here's the log on boot-up when the disk is in:

Code:
hdd: attached ide-floppy driver.
hdd: 98304kB, 196608 blocks, 512 sector size
hdd: 98304kB, 32/64/96 CHS, 4096 kBps, 512 sector size, 2941 rpm
hdc: attached ide-scsi driver.
Partition check:
 /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: p1 p2 < p5 p6 p7 >
 /dev/ide/host0/bus1/target1/lun0: p4
Here's the same portion of dmesg during boot-up without the disk in:

Code:
hdd: attached ide-floppy driver.
hdd: No disk in drive
hdd: 98304kB, 32/64/96 CHS, 4096 kBps, 512 sector size, 2941 rpm
hdc: attached ide-scsi driver.
Partition check:
 /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: p1 p2 < p5 p6 p7 >
(That last partition check is just my main hard drive, the Zip disk's one is obviously missing).
 
Old 09-09-2003, 09:50 PM   #4
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Aha I got the answer in the Gentoo forums.

For anyone interested, running

Code:
blockdev --rereadpt /dev/hdd
worked like a charm.
 
  


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