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Old 12-27-2004, 08:02 PM   #1
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Question accessing second hard drive in mandrake 10.1

okay, i want to access the music files on my second hard drive, because that's where i've got all my art and music...

but, i need a little help with that. the second drive is already in and all that rot, and the system is recognizing it, but i can't seem to access the files on it. how do i go about that?

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Old 12-27-2004, 09:22 PM   #2
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I'm not sure how much of this mandrake does automatically, but all in all what you would do is this:

From a console type su to become root, then type:
mkdir /mnt/<what you want to call it>
then type

mount /dev/hd## /mnt/<what you called it>
where the ## is going to be the drive, if it is a seperate hard drive with one partition then it will likely be hdb1. if it is a different partition on the same drive, then it will be hda# whatever number the partition is.

after that you can access the files. if you cannot access as a regular user then you will need to do (as root again)
chmod 777 /mnt/<what you called it>
This will open the permissions wide up.

After it is working, then you can go to and search for fstab to see how to make it mount automatically at boot, or more ideally search for howto automount (better solution, but more steps to set up)
Old 12-28-2004, 01:31 AM   #3
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I use Mandrake 10.1 Official. I'm a newbie. I dual boot Mandrake and windows XP.

Mandrake mounts the drives for me. I think it uses supermount or something.

Anyway, all I have to do is click on the mnt (mount) folder and then the other drives show up along with the cdroms.
My thumb drives even pops up on the desktop when I put it in.

I can read the ntfs file system from XP but I can't write to it. I think that's pretty normal for Linux now.

If you need to have a partition you can exchange information on you can make a fat32 partition. I'm pretty sure windows and Linux can see it and write to it.


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