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Old 07-30-2006, 05:15 PM   #1
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installing an extra harddrive

I just put an extra harddrive into my computer and am also at the same time doing a fresh install of suse 10.1, problem is Im not sure how to get suse to see the new harddrive, usually I just keep with all the default settings when it is being partiond and formatted, I tried to do this but when I booted up suse didnt see the new hardrive and even when i got it so it could it wouldnt let me access it, can anyone give me an easy guide (im a beginner) of how to get it to see the new harddrive, ideally id like the suse os to be on one harddrive and just for the other to be completley blank and have no os files on it so i can just use it for storage.

Im really at a loss of how to do this, its driving me nuts I need to get my computer back up and running soon, thank you.
Old 07-31-2006, 09:29 AM   #2
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I assume you know the diff between jumpers for master/slave on atapi-wide ribbon cable?

if its not an IDE drive pls tell us what it is?

(2) the best I can think of as its a live cd such as kanotix/knoppix/mepis/RIP etc and run the program called QTParted which is a graphical front to the parted program.

I suggest you need to partition then format this new drive.

(3) while in the live will know what your old drive and new drives are called eg....old maybe /dev/hda
new may be /dev/hdc (both jumpered as masters)

(4) then you format at least one parition so it can be "mounted" by some operating system to read it.....and/or write to it.

I think suse prefers ext3 so you can use qtparted to format it after creating at least one partition

(5) so when you boot back into old system with root powers you can add a line to your /etc/fstab file to be able to read it easily......(otherwise you can issue a manual mount command)

/dev/hdc1 /mnt/new ext3 users,ro 0 0

and with root powers make a new dir for mount

mkdir /mnt/new or use KDE root file manager to click on /mnt then press F10 to open a new directory icon then type new

ps change the read only if you want to write files to the new becomes rw

(6) you will notice you can not store stuff on a completey blank drive.....but you do not have to have it in your fstab file to HIDE it from others.

in which manual mount would be to

su (and root passwd)
mount -t ext3 /dev/hdc1 /mnt/new

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