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Old 04-12-2004, 12:01 PM   #1
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My hda Drive Vanished After Install

I am running RedHat 9 on a dual boot system with XP. That said, I have an issue that I've yet to solve. During the installation I observed that the Anaconda installation program was able to recognize that I (indeed) had two hard drives:

1. A Primary Master with the following attributes:

hda1 (FAT32) XP MBR
hda2 (FAT32) Primary Partition
hda3 (NTFS) Primary Partition


2. A Primary Slave with the following attributes:

hdb1 (EXT3) /boot
hdb2 (EXT3) /
hdb3 (SWAP) /swap
hdb4 (Extended Partition)
hdb5 (FAT32) logical drive
hdb6 (FAT32) logical drive

This was my setup during installation and Anaconda DID recognize BOTH of these drives at first.


As soon as I began to operate within Linux I observed that it no longer seemed to detect that I had two hard drives. Under my hardware browser it does not even recogonize that I have an hda drive.

Is there something that I need to configure in order to initialize this functionality within Linux, or do you think that possibly something has gone sour during the installation process?
Old 04-12-2004, 12:10 PM   #2
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What does the output of:
fdisk -l

show? does it show both drives and the partitions?
Old 04-12-2004, 12:26 PM   #3
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Maybe the first one got set as hidden, check the attributes.

Can you boot windows? I dunno. Perhaps the bootloader set the windows partition to hidden, there are some bootmanagers about (which go on a 3 1/2 floppy) which will let you change your attributes.
Old 04-13-2004, 02:00 PM   #4
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I'll be back from vacation sometime tomorrow, at which point I will be able to have access to my computer. In the meantime, this is what I can tell you.

a.) Yes, I can boot into Windows with no problems.

b.) Within Windows, I am able to view both of these hard drives with no problem. As expected, I am (rightly) not able to access or view properties of my Linux partitions, although they are visible.

I cannot view the attributes of this hda drive in Linux for the reason that it is NOT detected in Linux, thus the reason for me posting this thread. Perhaps you were trying to suggest that I change the view properties of my file folders in which case, it sounds like it is worth a shot.

When I get home I will check out your suggestions. In the meantime, let me know what you think about what I've told you so far.


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