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Old 06-29-2004, 08:50 AM   #1
lostlyre
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Simple HD install Q. Basic protocol?


So I just switched my box from all-Win to all-FC2. I had two HD's (80GB each). I installed on my master. The slave is still NTFS and I want to switch it to ext3 and mount it. I think I know how to do this already but I just wanted to ask you guys how you usually add a new HD, where to put it, what you like to name it, etc.

Should I just fdisk /dev/hdb1, fstab it into a directory like /mnt/xxx?

It's NTFS currently and I want to go ahead and switch it over to ext3. Would fdisk do the job? Or are there some special steps. I thought I did that, but fdisk -l still shows it has HTFS/NTFS. Could someone review that process for me? Tell me if I have this wrong.

fdisk /dev/hdb1

mkdir /mnt/xxx (what do you think i should call xxx?)

fstab /dev/hdb1 /mnt/xxx users, blah blah 0 0 etc

and then mount it up? Am I missing something?

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Old 06-29-2004, 09:19 AM   #2
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The way you phrase your question makes me think you do not want to keep your current NTFS data, correct?

Basically, when you intruduce a new HD you just plug it in and power up -- your new HW should be detected during boot (at least, Mandrake would). If you have something like "diskdrake" I'm sure you can just wipe and reformat it from there, otherwise it's a quick job with DOS FDISK -- just use (3) delete partition, then (4?) delete non-dos partition. You can't make the new ext3 partition with FDISK, though.

Now, where to put that new space ... that depends on what you need it for. Basically you can't "add" the space to existing directories, you must make new ones for that. I've got my "/media" (yeah, directly in root) for my music, images, movies, and so on, on a separate disk.

Help enough? If not -- ask again! :-D
 
Old 06-29-2004, 04:46 PM   #3
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Well basically,, the hard drive right now is NTFS and I want to wipe it and give it ext3, and mount it. How would I do this is red hat fc2?
 
Old 06-30-2004, 03:07 AM   #4
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I don't know Fedora so I can't help you out there -- sorry mate.
But still, you can do it in DOS with a few quick steps. (Get DOS from http://www.freedos.org/ if necessary).
 
  


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