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Old 01-14-2004, 05:49 PM   #1
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Question Mounting Extended Partition


I am new to Linux so please forgive the stupid questions.

What I am trying to do is mount a second hard drive that shows several partitions on it. Some are of ext2 & ext3 which I can mount without any problems. However 1(One) partition shows the file type as EXTENDED how do I mount that partition so that I can see what is in it? I am using Red-Hat 9. There are 7 partitions on this hard drive I can mount all but the EXTENDED.

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Old 01-14-2004, 06:14 PM   #2
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You cannot. You can only actually have a maximum of 4 Primary partitions on your harddrive: hda1 --> hda4. However, this is not usually very helpful. In this case, one of the primary partitions is marked as an 'extended' partition and houses many logical partitions hda5 --> hda?.

If you type (as root) fdisk -l /dev/hdb (or whatever your second harddrive is) then it should list the partitions in all their glory. Here's the output I get when I do that:
[root@grants gsewell]# fdisk -l /dev/hda

Disk /dev/hda: 82.3 GB, 82348277760 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 10011 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *         1         6     48163+  83  Linux
/dev/hda2             7       643   5116702+  83  Linux
/dev/hda3           644      3192  20474842+  83  Linux
/dev/hda4          3193     10011  54773617+   5  Extended
/dev/hda5          3193      3319   1020096   82  Linux swap
/dev/hda6          3320      6604  26386731   83  Linux
/dev/hda7          6605     10011  27366696   83  Linux
As you can see, hda4 is an extended partition. Within that resided hda5-->hda7.

Did that make sense/
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Thank you so very much. I think I understand it now.


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