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Old 02-18-2015, 10:21 AM   #1
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Question Format a hard drive to work on machine (dell 32-bit). Have installed new 1 TB drive


Want to format a 1 TB Western Digital drive in an old dell 32 bit machine. Machine has Lubuntu installed and a Virtual machine on which which is loaded Windows 7 (32 bit).

Machine does not "see" the new 1 TB (SATA) drive after I physically install it in the machine.

I have other windows and Linux machines. I have some drive cradles in which I can connect to (windows) USB ports.

Is it possible to use the old Dell machine to format the new drive?

(It appears that this question has been answered before. So I will check those materials as well.)

Thanks for any assistance.

Geoffrey Wolfe
 
Old 02-18-2015, 10:49 AM   #2
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Meaning when you plug it in to USB you see no system events either in /var/log/messages or by using the dmesg command?

The bottom line is if you see no events upon plugging that drive into the USB then the machine is not seeing it. This could be any of:
  1. The USB port is broken, try another port if you can
  2. The USB port is too old for the technology type plugged in (very unlikely)
  3. The hardware is flawed, but if it's seen by other systems, then it's not flawed, so try another system
  4. Probably some other possibilities, but basically if you plug in a USB device it should at least be "seen" by the computer and by "seeing" I mean that the system log should note that something was plugged in even if it doesn't have a driver which works for it

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Old 02-18-2015, 11:13 AM   #3
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Welcome to LinuxQuestions.

Yes, new internal drives are typically empty i.e not partitioned or formatted. You will not see it in a file browser like USB drives. However, the drive should be recognised by the BIOS and linux.

There are many tools that you can use to partition and format both GUI and console. I would suggest using gparted. You need to create 1 or more partitions, format the new partition(s) with ext3 or ext4 and then mount and add an entry in the /etc/fstab so it automatically mounts at start up.
 
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Old 02-18-2015, 04:15 PM   #4
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Do you mean in bios??? "Machine does not "see" the new 1 TB (SATA) drive after I physically install it in the machine."
 
Old 02-19-2015, 12:29 AM   #5
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Because OP stated wins as virtual machine I'm wondering iOP wants to access from VM
 
  


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