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Old 12-27-2007, 11:40 AM   #1
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Ide Drive Not Seen By The Kernel With Sata Disk As Boot Disk

Good day,

I successfuly installed Slackware 12.0 on a Dell Optiplex GX520. It's got a SATA disk as the boot device. I added a second, but IDE, new hard drive, but although the BIOS does "see" both drives, fdisk only "sees" the SATA drive, and not the IDE drive.

Any one with an idea please?

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What command did you give?
If you want to see all dev. as root in a terminal type fdisk -l

EDIT: I should also note that the drive you added will not just show up, you need to mount the drive to use it. If you want the drive to auto mount at boot time you will need to add the drive to your fstab.

Here is a link to a Howto that will get you going.

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Old 12-27-2007, 01:09 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by xasanchez View Post
I added a second, but IDE, new hard drive, but although the BIOS does "see" both drives, fdisk only "sees" the SATA drive, and not the IDE drive.
Slackware 12 is probably using and old enough kernel to report IDE drives as "/dev/hdX" instead of "/dev/sdX". Run "ls -l /dev/hd* /dev/sd*" to see all disk devices.

Once you find the drive, you will have to mount it by hand or add an entry to fstab. Either way, you have some man pages to read.
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In addition you would need to have created one or more partitions then have created a file system on the partition(s) in order to be able to access them, most new drives do not come already partitioned/formatted.


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