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Old 07-03-2003, 02:16 PM   #1
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slave hd and Slackware install prob

I want to install Slackware 9.0 on a second (primary slave) hard drive on my machine. The first hard drive (primary master - /dev/hda) is 6 gig. and has Windows 98 on it. The second (primary slave - /dev/hdb) hard drive is 3.0 gig. I repartitioned and formated (FAT32) the second (primary slave) hard drive. I am installing Slackware from the CD drive. I reset the BIOS to read the CD drive first instead of the floppy drive. When I reboot the machine with the Slackware disk in the CD drive, it runs the boot disk (bare.i), then the root disk (color.gz), just fine. But when I run cfdisk or fdisk from the Slackware cd it does not see the second (primary slave) hard drive. It only recognizes the first (primary master) hard drive. Am I doing something wrong? Or is it not seeing the second hard drive because it is not a bootable and/or active drive? Can I install Slakware on a second hard drive? Or does Slackware have to live on a hard drive that is bootable and set as active? Thank you for you help. Feel free to ask me any questions that might help you to help me. Thanks again.
Old 07-03-2003, 03:27 PM   #2
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I had the problem with a 486 and a MultiI/O controller. However I don't think it is related because your system is probably way newer as it supports booting from CDs.

first thing that comes to my mind is, have you jumpered it correctly? Does the BIOS sees it? And does Windows fdisk recognize the second disk?

if it doesn't work at all you could also unplug the Windows HDD for the time of the installation, install slackware and then boot slackware with a boot disk to configure Lilo etc.

Otherwise I'm puzzled as well.
Old 07-03-2003, 03:39 PM   #3
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first thing that comes to my mind is, have you jumpered it correctly? Does the BIOS sees it? And does Windows fdisk recognize the second disk?
I am assuming you have since you have already formatted it. What do you get with these commands:



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