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> Cannot find second hard disk, Suse Linux fails to find or mount disk
Storyteller6666
post Jun 8 2009, 04:32 AM
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I have two hard disks in my computer. One is 500 GB, the other 1 TB. I have Win XP and Suse Linux ver 10.3 installed on the 500 GB disk. No problem.

I can access the Windows partition of that 500 GB disk from Linux. No problem.

The hardware setup in Linux says the other disk exists. But won't list it as a mountable drive or access it or files on it.

My question: how do I access the second hard disk? Is it too large for Linux to mount? Is there a workaround? Or is it something else causing it? I did add the 1 TB disk after Linux was installed. Would this affect it?
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michaelk
post Jun 8 2009, 11:30 AM
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How is the drive partitioned and formated? What type of drive i.e USB SATA, IDE etc.

You need to add a line to the /etc/fstab file. You can find lots of help by googling but in a nutshell a fstab line is:
<device id> <mount point> <filesystem type> <mount options> dump fsck

example:

/dev/sda1 /media/disk1 ext3 default 0 0

See man pages for mount and fstab for additional help. You need to create a directory to use as a mount point. To see a list of how all of your drives are partitio0ned use the fdisk command (you must be root)
fdisk -l (that is a small L)
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post Jun 13 2009, 05:12 AM
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Contents of /etc/fstab file and result of fdisk -l command are below.

It shows the second drive as being a SFS system. It is formatted as a NTFS system. Is there a difference? (both drives are sata).


/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_SAMSUNG_HD501LJS0MUJFWQ280816-part5 / ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 1
/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_SAMSUNG_HD501LJS0MUJFWQ280816-part7 /home ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2
/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_SAMSUNG_HD501LJS0MUJFWQ280816-part1 /windows/C ntfs-3g users,gid=users,fmask=133,dmask=022,locale=en_GB.UTF-8 0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SATA_SAMSUNG_HD501LJS0MUJFWQ280816-part6 swap swap defaults 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0
usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0


Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x04470446

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 57643 463017366 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 57644 60801 25366635 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 57644 58662 8185086 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 58663 59171 4088511 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 59172 60801 13092943+ 83 Linux

Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x5a4c0cc3

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 121601 976760001 42 SFS
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