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Old 08-31-2006, 12:53 PM   #1
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Swap partition won't mount

The other day I added a second hard drive to my PC, which dual-boots Windows XP and PCLinuxOS. It was jumpered as a slave. Setting things up went just breezy in Windows, but upon booting PCLOS from LILO I found some problems.

The swap partition on my first drive cannot be enabled. The lines that go something like this:

Activating swap partitions /dev/hda6: Invalid Argument

Enabling swap space: swapon: dev/hda6: Invalid argument

That's not exactly what they look like, but you get the picture. While my swap partition still shows up when I go to Storage Media, I cannot mount it. PCLOS still runs fine though, but I'd sure like to know why this happened.

Another minor issue:

The hard drive I installed as a slave already had two partitions, one NTFS and one in FAT32 (I had it as a slave in another PC before). Obviously I can't mount these in Linux as they are not included in the etc/fstab or mtab. My question is: How would I go about adding these in? It seems I could just add some lines in the text file for them, but...
Old 08-31-2006, 01:23 PM   #2
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Run 'fdisk -l /dev/hda' and notice if /dev/hda6 says type 82 (swap).

You may need to format the swap partition with command 'mkswap /dev/hda6' then try the 'swapon /dev/hda6' command again.

You can mount the FAT32 and NTFS (read-only) onto empty directories. I would suggest to make yourself some empty directories such as /mnt/mydir1 /mnt/mydir2 then simply mount the partitions to those directories. You can add them to /etc/fstab if you want them to mount on startup.
Old 08-31-2006, 09:03 PM   #3
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EDIT: I went ahead with mkswap /dev/hda6, and it worked, more or less. The swap partition no longer shows up in Storage Media but I don't get errors when booting in verbose mode anymore. That's fixed, along with the second problem (found a tutorial).

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