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Old 07-01-2011, 10:34 AM   #1
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how do I add an IDE drive to an existing Linux Server

I recently ran across a client that wanted me to set up a new IDE Drive in his existing Red Hat Server. I reluctantly agreed to try. I am completely uneducated in Linux and could use some input. The server itself appears to be set up in text mode as all that I see is text after the initial boot up screen goes away. It, at present is set up in an old dell machine on a 3 Gig drive and all he wants is to be able to add a secondary drive to extend storage capacity. What do I need to do to prepare the drive and OS to accomplish the task? The secondary drive is 120 Gig. I reformatted the drive, as a fat 32 and installed it into the machine. The board sees it. The network does not. Can anyone give me some input? Thank You.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:06 AM   #2
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if you don't have any experience with Linux, you should not try to configure a server (which is not your own)!

First point, FAT32 for the new disk is nonsense. FAT32 doesn't support filepermissions, you would not use FAT32 for a Windows computer, why would you use it for Linux?

You would have to partition the disk at first. But the partition-scheme will depend on for what the server is used.

Then you would have to create a Linux-filesystem on each partition.

Afterwards you would have to configure where in the filesystem the partitions will be mounted.

Try to find someone who is experience with Linux and let him/her do this job.

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Old 07-01-2011, 11:18 AM   #3
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Adding a new drive is usually pretty easy - especially for a Linux desktop with a GUI.

You just install the drive, click a few buttons, and you're done. Piece of cake


* All of this assumes at least a little background knowledge (like the difference between "fat32", "ext4" and "ntfs").

* It's typically the desktop GUI tools that make things "easy".
If all you've got is the command line, then you're going to need the underlying commands.
They aren't necessarily "difficult" - but they *can* be "intimidating"

* Finally, you're DEFINITELY going to need to "know your stuff" if you run into problems.
If this server is as "old" as it sounds ... you're probably going to run into "problems"


I wholeheartedly agree with markush:
Try to find someone who is experienced with Linux and let him/her do this job.
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Give us the output of the following commands:
fdisk -l
df -hT
and we'll go from there.
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Smile fdisk -l

fdisk - Partition table manipulator for Linux

it will showing portion table of your system.

dh -hT

df - report file system disk space usage

df -h command showing how much used disk space with %
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We also need to see
uname -a

cat /etc/*release*
If the latter says something about RHEL 5, you'll want these links
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Smile uname - print system information


uname - print system information

this command has showing installed OS name Server Name kernel version with date and time


Linux CCTNEMISDBIP01 2.6.18-194.26.1.el5 #1 SMP Fri Oct 29 14:21:16 EDT 2010 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Old 07-04-2011, 02:33 PM   #8
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Hello all,

since the OP didn't respond until now (since 3 days), it seems to be useless to provide further help. If he (as a newbie) would seriously do this job, he should be more involved here and give you the answers to your questions.

I read this thread: and think it is a very similar issue to this one. Only difference is that in the other thread the OP was the one who asked people for a similar job. And they destroyed his Windows-installation.

In my opinion it would be reliable to decline doing such a job if one has not the necessary experience. At least I'd use my own computer or a virtual machine for some exercises before working at other peoples computers.



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