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Old 04-24-2003, 01:21 PM   #1
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PCMCIA Hard Disk Mount


Greetings all, Has anyone tried mounting an external hard drive through the pcmcia slot on a laptop. I have a standard laptop hard disk formatted fat32 that I would like to mount in slack. It is pnp compliant and works fine with W2k. The setup is something I bought at a compter store on the cheap. Its an Agate ext hard disk "bay" with a pcmcia connector/cable. Anyway, just curious if anyone has messed with pcmcia mass storage. Thanks.
 
Old 04-25-2003, 07:12 AM   #2
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I would think that Linux would mount the storage space. A module for the PCMCIA adapter would probably be needed and the drive would appear like a scsi device. PCMCIA, USB, Firewire, etc. are sort of similar in the concepts in how they consider storage devices. However, if you desire to use it as the main root file system, then the problem comes in as to how. At boot time your system would need to support the PCMCIA adapter like a scsi adapter from the BIOS. In order for the drive to be present to boot a kernel. Now if built-in kernel support for the device can be done and you do not mind booting from a floppy disk then a custom kernel with the support could be considered a possibility. Getting it installed though could be difficult.
 
Old 04-25-2003, 08:48 AM   #3
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when I boot the laptop with the drives pccard plugged in the drive spins and the green light comes on but no hard disk access activity. So I know the drive is at least getting picked up by the bios, so is there a way or log file I can look at to see how the kernel is picking it up. My Compact Flash reader shows up when I do a cdrecord -scanbus and I mount it as a scsi drive. Thanks for the help.
 
Old 04-25-2003, 09:50 AM   #4
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What is the PCMCIA adapter that connects the drive?
 
Old 04-25-2003, 11:02 AM   #5
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here is a link to the exact product I have. http://www.impactcomputers.com/dn-boy.html. After looking at dmesg I think it may be getting picked up as /dev/hde, but when I try to mount that device to /mnt/ext it keeps asking for a fs type, I may be wrong about the /dev/hde part, but I have not seen that before in my dmesg. Anyway its weird and I really want to mount it so I can keep saying that there is nothing in windows that can't be done in linux!!! Plus its nice to have that little drive as a backup device.
 
Old 04-25-2003, 12:22 PM   #6
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Well hde might make sense if it were assigning it as an IDE type of an adapter. You cannot mount the device name itself, you need to mount the partition on the device. So you mightry mounting /dev/hde1 on your system. I would also assume the drive was prepared using Windows as FAT32, so the fstype would be vfat. You could also try running cfdisk to see what it reports and if the drive is even being seen. (cfdisk /dev/hde)
 
Old 04-25-2003, 05:10 PM   #7
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Cool command, I did a cfdisk /dev/hde and came back with a /dev/hde1 as an active partion on that drive. So I changed my fstab to /dev/hde1 mounting on the /mnt/ext directory. Works great, thanks for the tip.
 
  


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