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Old 07-18-2003, 11:41 PM   #1
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Accessing Hard drives


I have two linux partions on my PC. One is HDC5 which is the / drive running the system. I also have another drive HDB5 on another disk, i can't seem and don't know how to access this drive to save files to it. Any advise please on how to do this. Thanks in advance.

Old 07-18-2003, 11:50 PM   #2
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To view/add partitions in linux they must be mounted. To mount a partition means to place the partition on a directory for accessibility. So...

Since we know what partition it is (hdb5) we'll move along quickly. First make an empty directory, preferably in the /mnt directory, so as root type:
mkdir /mnt/hdb5
And then we need to know what filesystem is on the drive. Assuming it's ext3 you would mount it with:
mount -t ext3 /dev/hdb5 /mnt/hdb5

See man mount for more information on that. After you get it mounted to your liking it's time to put it in your /etc/fstab file. So an entry in there might look like this (for an ext3 filesystem):
/dev/hdb5 /mnt/hdb5 ext3 defaults 2 1

So let us know what filesystem is on the drive for more specific info

Old 07-19-2003, 12:02 AM   #3
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Hi jmrjohan

I'm a little confused by the post - This example might help.

You've got 2 hard drives, one on primary master, the other on primary slave , each with 2 partitions on

1st hard drive - on primary master

/dev/hda2 ROOT partition

2nd hard drive - on primary slave

/dev/hdb2 ROOT partition

Now - you want to access files on /dev/hdb2 from /dev/hda2

First create a mount point in the /mnt directory in /dev/hda2

mkdir /mnt/jon

then mount /dev/hdb2 into /dev/hda2

mount -t ext3 -o rw /dev/hdb2 /mnt/jon

You've now temporarily got access to your files on the root partition on the 2nd hard drive while being in the 1st hard drives root partition- remember to put in the relevant filesystem and your chosedn directory name etc.

Its best testing it this way - then when youve got it right make an entry into /etc/fstab to automatically mount it

re post if you still need help then.
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Can Linux view a vfat partiton?
Old 07-19-2003, 12:07 AM   #5
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Hi PionexUser


Mount the VFAT filesystem into a mount point in your Linux filesystem

as root

mkdir /mnt/pionex

mount -t vfat -o rw /dev/hda1 /mnt/pionex

asssumes windows is on /dev/hda1
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Would the same mounting procedure be used to mount a FAT32 partition on the same HDD? What about using samba to do this? Thanks.

Old 07-19-2003, 08:40 AM   #7
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Hi RikkuLinux

VFAT covers amongst other things FAT32.

So - YES - if youve got a Windows FAT32 partition and a Linux distribution on one drive then its the same procedure.

The routine is:
  • Create a mount point
  • Test the situation with a temporary mount
  • Put an entry in /etc/fstab when your sure youve got it right

You dont need Samba here.
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