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Old 06-10-2002, 06:43 PM   #1
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Question about mounting drives...

Ok, so I figured out how to mount my fat32 drives under Linux (I'm running a dual boot system at the moment). The only real problem I had was in figuring out which partition was which. What I mean is this: my hard drive has 4 partitions on it now:
C:\ , D:\ , / , (swap)

When editing my fstab file I had to use trial and error to figure out which partition was which, for instance, the C drive is recognized as hda2 and the D drive is hda4 and (I still can't figure this one out) the swap space is hda7 (7???).

Before anyone asks, the partitions are created in ascending order on the drive (C,D,/,swap) so that in every other operation I've ever used to call on the drive partition order they were listed as:
C: partition 0
D: partition 1
(the logical conclusion would be):
/: partition 2
swap: partition 3

I hope I was able to make my situation clear, if not please let me know. What I'm wondering is if there's a way to retrieve how many partitions are DETECTED by Linux (which ones actually exist and their specification hda1, hda2, etc...).

Also, an explanation or a link to a site explaining how it came up with hda7 for swap would be greatly appreciated.

Old 06-10-2002, 07:32 PM   #2
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Im a newbie as well but I believe that hda7 is reserved for swap space(virtual memory), the reason for this is prolly so you don't think hda7 is a physicall drive, (this would be an 8th physical drive if that were the case), Im just assuming this to be the case so don't qoute me
Old 06-10-2002, 07:32 PM   #3
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woops - double post
Old 06-10-2002, 10:17 PM   #4
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df -h from command line (terminal) will give you that, plus the usage for all mounted partitions. /etc/fstab will also give you the ones your install knows about. I think that's correct about swap being partition 7.

fdisk /dev/hda will show you partitions and fs type if you press p (q to quit), but not what's mounted as what.

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