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    Accessing second hard drive

    Hi,

    So I recently installed Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit on my computer.

    I installed it on my 60gb SSD hard drive, and in the installation it never acknowledged the existence of my second hard drive.

    The hard drive that I keep all my files on, and which I want to make my home folder if I can, is a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 64MB cache (WD1002FAEX).

    I've read the following: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Mount but honestly cannot work out how to access the hard drive from my Ubuntu installation.

    I did have Windows 7 64-bit prior to installing Ubuntu. I have backed up all the files on the hard drive, but if I could just access them straight off that would be super cool.


    Does anyone know how I can use the second hard drive?


    Thank you for your help


    EDIT:
    The following directories are currently in my /dev/ folder:
    ati/
    block/
    bsg/
    bus/
    char/
    cpu/
    disk/
    input/
    mapper/
    net/
    pktcdvd/
    pts/
    shm/
    snd/
    usb/
    Last edited by JonCox; February 7th, 2011 at 04:41 PM. Reason: Added directories in /dev

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    Re: Accessing second hard drive

    Any partition you want to permanently access you should add to fstab.

    If you want your /home then it is easier as part of the install but you can follow the move /home, but if you have made settings in your current /home then you have to merge those before changing to another /home.

    If you just want to mount /data and it has Music, Documents etc folders, you can link those into /home in place of your current default folders. (make sure defaults are empty before deleting & linking in new).

    Understanding fstab
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=283131
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Mount/
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FilePermissions

    Partitioning basics with some info on /data, older but still good bodhi.zazen
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...data+partition

    Post this:

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -lu
    sudo blkid
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    Re: Accessing second hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Any partition you want to permanently access you should add to fstab.

    If you want your /home then it is easier as part of the install but you can follow the move /home, but if you have made settings in your current /home then you have to merge those before changing to another /home.

    If you just want to mount /data and it has Music, Documents etc folders, you can link those into /home in place of your current default folders. (make sure defaults are empty before deleting & linking in new).

    Understanding fstab
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=283131
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Mount/
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FilePermissions

    Partitioning basics with some info on /data, older but still good bodhi.zazen
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...data+partition

    Post this:

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -lu
    sudo blkid
    >sudo fdisk -lu
    Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60022480896 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7297 cylinders, total 117231408 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000d2dfd

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 112351231 56174592 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 112353278 117229567 2438145 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 112353280 117229567 2438144 82 Linux swap / Solaris



    > sudo blkid
    /dev/sda1: UUID="aca02bba-c1d7-489b-a68f-26c1e81ed6bb" TYPE="ext4"
    /dev/sda5: UUID="a30dba99-dc92-4e7d-92d6-404aeeab3d8e" TYPE="swap"


    Any idea what's going on?

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    Re: Accessing second hard drive

    They are not showing any second drive?

    Does BIOS see drive? Connections are good?
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    Re: Accessing second hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    They are not showing any second drive?

    Does BIOS see drive? Connections are good?
    I've made the assumption all the connections are good, as I was able to access the files fine this morning when Windows 7 was installed.

    I checked BIOS, it looks like it isn't detecting the hard drive automatically. (Although in the boot section it does recognize it as the 2nd Drive to boot from weirdly.)

    As I haven't knocked it or anything since this morning when the hard drive worked perfectly with Windows 7 - what do you think I've done so that it is now not recognized by the BIOS?


    The motherboard is an Asus P6X58D-E Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3.

    (It would be very annoying at this point to have to go back to Windows after spending the whole day trying to fix this.)


    Thank you very much for your help though

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    Re: Accessing second hard drive

    It looks like 6 Gb/s ports don't work with Ubuntu:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1614764

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1513174

    Excellent explanation given here:
    http://furiouspurpose.me/2010/12/27/...-ubuntu-linux/


    I could simply open up my computer and move the 2nd hdd from a 6Gb/s to 3Gb/s port. I slightly resent having to resort to doing that though.

    I may just go back to Windows 7 where everything just works for me - and continue running Ubuntu in a VM for all my work.

    Looks like I've wasted a lot of time

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    Re: Accessing second hard drive

    I posted an answer at AskUbuntu. Basically, the problem is specifically the kernel you're using. Upgrade the kernel, problem solved. Do this manually by downloading the latest kernel source, or install a third party ppa.

    http://kernel.org/
    http://www.ubuntuupdates.org/ppa/kernel-ppa
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/25168...rd-drive/25247
    Last edited by djeikyb; February 13th, 2011 at 10:54 AM. Reason: Added link to extensive answer at askubuntu.com

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