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Old 07-28-2003, 11:41 AM   #1
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problem detect 120G harddisk ?

I attempted to install a 210G hard disk to my linux system. I already have 3 harddisk already cosist of hda, hdb and hdd.
When i plug in my new harddisk and tried to fdisk the drive. It gives me this result : unable to open /dev/hdc . i tried fdisk my other drives such as hda,b, and d and all of them work except for c. In my "dmesg | grep hd" it shows:

Kernel command line: ro root=/dev/hda2 hdc=ide-scsi
ide_setup: hdc=ide-scsi
ide0: BM-DMA at 0xa800-0xa807, BIOS settings: hdaio, hdbio
ide1: BM-DMA at 0xa808-0xa80f, BIOS settings: hdcio, hddio
ide2: BM-DMA at 0xa400-0xa407, BIOS settings: hdeio, hdfio
ide3: BM-DMA at 0xa408-0xa40f, BIOS settings: hdgio, hdhio
hdb: ST31270A, ATA DISK drive
hdc: Maxtor 6Y120L0, ATA DISK drive
hdd: ST320413A, ATA DISK drive
hda: 7539840 sectors (3860 MB) w/76KiB Cache, CHS=7480/16/63, DMA
hdb: 2505528 sectors (1283 MB) w/256KiB Cache, CHS=2485/16/63, DMA
hdd: 39102336 sectors (20020 MB) w/1024KiB Cache, CHS=38792/16/63, UDMA(100)
hda: [PTBL] [935/128/63] hda1 < hda5 hda6 > hda2
hdb: [PTBL] [621/64/63] hdb1
hdd: hdd1 hdd2 < hdd5 hdd6 hdd7 >

so i assume that it does detect my hdc but somehow it doesn't work?! I even tried to take it out into my windows machine and use partition magic to format it and plug it back in , but same result. Im currently using 2.4.19 kernel, does that matter? Any help would be greatly appreaciated. thank you !

Old 07-28-2003, 12:46 PM   #2
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I have a 60 gig maxtor drive of similar design, but I had no problems with installation. Is the drive set correctly? Is it set as a master, or at least cable select? Were you able to do a format on the other system successfully?

Old 07-28-2003, 12:50 PM   #3
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Can we get the rest of your system specs as well?

Old 07-28-2003, 02:13 PM   #4
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Also, did you mean that you are trying to install a 120GB hard disk (as shown in your thread heading) or a 210GB hard disk (as shown in your first message above).

Because, if you are trying to install a 210GB hard disk then you will most likely need to install one of the following: third party PCI card to run your new drive, some new software, OR a new protocol in order to allow the BIOS to recognize hard disk sizes > 137GB. I am unsure which is the common one to have to install, but I am aware of this problem.



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