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Old 03-14-2004, 11:12 AM   #1
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dont know how to find my hdds with linux (mandrake10, ntfs partitions)

new to linux and installed mandrake 10 (succesfully..hehe... man that was easy and smooth)
i got about 5 harddisks and atleast 3 of them (all samsung ones) are detected correctly in the harddrake hardwaremanager................

normaly im not logged on as root.........but even then......... how can i find acces to my harddisks ????....... i

must be the totaly newb question..but please please answer......... with an internet link or somehow..........

i installed mandrake on a new partitioned (with a linux file system, no ntfs) partition and i am used to ms windows.............

please.. fast fast... please.......... wanna join the community ;-)

ps: offcourse i searched on the net.. but the question must be that basic that it isnt answered anywhere ;-)
Old 03-14-2004, 11:20 AM   #2
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Hi, most of your harddisks should be accessible threw /dev/hda1, /dev/hdb1 .. etc (your primary hd is gonna be hda, slave hdb, secondary hdc etc...) You have to mount these hd's to view them. I think u said that the ones you can't see are ntfs? In that case you need ntfs support for you kernel: . If mounting is a problem, look for the mandrake HOWTO, and look for helpfiles on using fstab (file for mounting drives at boot etc..) Good luck
Old 03-14-2004, 11:20 AM   #3
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'man mount'

mount is a tool for mounting hard disks.

// accessing hard drives as whole devices...
/dev/hda = primary master
/dev/hdb = primary slave
/dev/hdc = secondry master
/dev/hdd = secondry slave

//accessing partitions....
/dev/hda1 = first partiton on promary master
/dev/hda2 = second partiton on promary master
/dev/hda3 = ... you get the idea ?

if a mount point is set in /ets/fstab
then mount /dev/(device) will mount it.

otherwise, you will need to either add it to /etc/fstab, or
su -
mount /dev/device /mnt/mountpoint.

okay ?

oops, looks like h3ndrik beat me to it......

yeah... if you want to get full read / write access, you need either a 2.6 kernel, or an ntfs driver for your kernel.. OR an ntfs kernel patch.

the easyest will be the ntfs driver. from the link specified by h3ndrik

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Old 03-14-2004, 11:26 AM   #4
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You do not need to be root to use in a terminal:
cat /proc/partitions
cat /etc/fstab
ls /proc/ide
Old 03-14-2004, 11:33 AM   #5
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thanks alot for the fast replyes(spelling ;-)

the first thing i dont understand in your post is the
in your first line.........
i hope ill understand the rest asson as i use the program called mount or man mount
but thanks anyway :-)

i guess i can learn this way of interaccting with my hds... but since i converted to linux also to help others going away from microsoft windows --> this might be one obstacle for lots of people......... dont you think?

(its not like windows didnt fit my need........but it didnt fit my purse..........and since i dont pay for windows and there are (better) free alternatives to it.................)
Old 03-14-2004, 11:39 AM   #6
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since i got mandrake 10 i suppose that i got the 2.6 kernel........ where can i get that information from after installing ?... since i had to not install lbs(or something like that) so that it would install the 2.6 kernel..........ahh.......... guys.. im a newb to linux......and never ever tried to really understand dos........ all those command lines you post dont help me yet........ i hope they will sometime but not now.....

edit: and im using kde as interface if that helps......... and it ist god possible that the harddisks are somewhere.. i just dont know how to find them...

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Old 03-14-2004, 12:11 PM   #7
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ahhhhhhhh........... found it............ i had to open an explorer (quonqerer in this case) and go to the top of the tree........

had to search every folder and found the things i was looking for in mnt
guess the word mnt comes from mount and the new mandrake makes this directly....... lucky me............ but its sure as hell every ex windows user should have the problem finding this........... me
Old 03-14-2004, 04:32 PM   #8
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uanme -r will give kernel version.

read 'man mount' means, run 'man mount' then read the console output.

man is a manual page reader...
man [name of program] will output help files.

somti,es same as [program name] --help

You do not need to be root to use in a terminal:
i didnt say that, i said u will need to be root if you intend to mount things not entered in /etc/fstab

but looks like his problem is solved.
Old 03-14-2004, 05:57 PM   #9
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Check in your /mnt directory (that's probably where thay are mounted) for your partitions coz I've just installed Mandrkae 10 and it automounts the partitions. Also check the partition manager in the Mandrake Control centre to see what each parririon is.


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