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Old 11-06-2004, 03:41 PM   #1
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/dev/hdb cannot be read

Well, it's that time again. The time when I mess up my computer so far beyond recogntion that I feel a re-install is better than dealing with the problem :-\

So I go to install red hat linux enterprise 3 and I select "manually partition". And I get a message saying "Warning! /dev/hdb cannot be read". Well it says something along those lines. It then asks me if I want to delete the whole disk and re-partition. So I clicked yes. and then it shows my partitions. It shows that /dev/hdb has somewhere around 2048 megabites. The problem is that I have a 30 GB drive. So I don't know what to do.

Does anyone know where I'm comming from? I dont know what to do. So if anybody understands what I mean, I would appreciate a response
Old 11-08-2004, 07:23 AM   #2
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The message is probably being caused by your /dev/hdb file itself not being readable. You can fix that with
chmod o+w /dev/hdb
Instead of using the Red Hat installer's partition tool, you might want to partition it by hand using fdisk. Also, make sure that the BIOS and jumper settings for the disk are correct (eg. some disks have a jumper that limits their size to the first 2048Mb to get around some BIOS issues).


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