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Old 08-22-2001, 01:44 PM   #1
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Unhappy Accessing second HDD

Again a newbie question that hopefully may solve a problem that was unsolvable under Win95.

The basics of my question is that I currently have a 20 GB Ultra ATA 100 IDE harddrive as my primary drive, and a 1 GB old beast of a IDE drive that was formatted under win95 and contains nothing but .mp3's. After installing my freshly imaged 20 GB drive, win95 refused to recognize the second HDD and as such my mp3 collection appeared lost (i figure this is due to the different transfer rates of 100 and 66 respectively). Mandrake 8.0 seems to be more than comfortable seeing this drive, but complains as it is a win95 formatted disk, so.....

my question is, is there a way to access the .mp3 files on this drive? Do I have to change the format of the drive, and if so, can this be done without data loss (something I doubt). There are many good mp3's on this drive that I'd love to get my hands on again.

Old 08-22-2001, 01:56 PM   #2
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Win should have seen the drive, did you jumper it correctly?
When you boot up, does the BIOS see the drives?As long as it does, it'll be right under Linux.
You need vfat / fat support in your kernel. May be there by default from install.

Make a mount point.

mkdir /mnt/mp3disk

chmod 0777 /mnt/mp3disk (R/W so you can move stuff)

mount -t vfat /dev/hdb /mnt/mp3disk

Assuming disk 2 is primary slave.

Don't think I've missed anything.

You can setup the drive to mount at boot, either by editing etc/fstab, or using linuxconf. This has been discussed on the forums recently, I suggest a quick search!
Old 08-22-2001, 02:42 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help.....actually, minutes after I posted I stumbled upon other posts talking about the same sort of things.

Truth is that windows did see the drive, but refused to acknowldge it by assigning a drive letter (dev. manager noticed it there but reported an error of some type.....something to do with incorrect drivers (?) or something, which was a little weird as I could access it fine with my old HDD as primary from which I imaged the new primard HDD). Anyways, that's neither here nor there. Again, thanks for the help and wish me the best of luck.



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