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    Use of second hard disk for storage

    Hello,

    I am new to Ubuntu, have installed on a boot drive which is a SSD, system also has a second normal hard disk, which I want to use as my storage area, how do I do this, as at the moment the system is using the SSD for this.

    Thanks from Grahame

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    Re: Use of second hard disk for storage

    Quote Originally Posted by sherryshero View Post
    Hello,

    I am new to Ubuntu, have installed on a boot drive which is a SSD, system also has a second normal hard disk, which I want to use as my storage area, how do I do this, as at the moment the system is using the SSD for this.

    Thanks from Grahame
    I use mount bind to do it for my Music, Downloads & Maintenance partitions. You might be able to find some good links to help explain it better than I can, but if for some reason you hit a wall just let me know and I'll walk you through my down & dirty method.

    I make my changes right in fstab & don't use symbolic links, though some people recommend that method.

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    Re: Use of second hard disk for storage

    Are you going to share that second drive with other operating systems? If the drive is already setup with data, you can mount it as-is and use it. Otherwise you can format it and then mount it, and it will be completely empty. You should be able to see the drive under Computer or Places in nautilus (the file browser).

    If it's not mounting automatically, we can help you set it up to do so.

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    Re: Use of second hard disk for storage

    Quote Originally Posted by sherryshero View Post
    Hello,

    I am new to Ubuntu, have installed on a boot drive which is a SSD, system also has a second normal hard disk, which I want to use as my storage area, how do I do this, as at the moment the system is using the SSD for this.

    Thanks from Grahame
    Does this disk show up in places?

    Open a terminal, Apps>access>terminal and post back the output of this.

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    Last edited by philinux; June 12th, 2011 at 05:19 PM.

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    Re: Use of second hard disk for storage

    Don't understand the question. Are you currently mounting the partitions on the second hard disk?

    Why not post the output of the following commands and indicate which partition you want to use for the storage partition:
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    sudo blkid -c /dev/null
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    cat /etc/fstab
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    mount

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    Re: Use of second hard disk for storage

    After thinking about this for a minute the simple solution is probably just to install / to the SSD and /home to the HDD. But if he want's /home on the SSD but wants to manitain large files on the HDD, but access them as if they were native to his /home folder, then my original suggestion would probably work best.

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    Re: Use of second hard disk for storage

    Hi phil,

    thanks for reply, it shows up in disk utility as dev/sdb1, so I assume its setup for linux but I dont see it in home folder, but say if I put a stick in a usb slot, then that shows up in home folder and I can access that as normal. I have had a reply from someone else asking if it shows up in nautilus, but I dont know what that is. Sorry if the points are simple, but this is my first day with Ubuntu, I was unsure about using this with sandybridge cpu after reading about incompatibility ? problems, but it seems to be working fine here.

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    Re: Use of second hard disk for storage

    Quote Originally Posted by sherryshero View Post
    Hi phil,

    thanks for reply, it shows up in disk utility as dev/sdb1, so I assume its setup for linux but I dont see it in home folder, but say if I put a stick in a usb slot, then that shows up in home folder and I can access that as normal. I have had a reply from someone else asking if it shows up in nautilus, but I dont know what that is. Sorry if the points are simple, but this is my first day with Ubuntu, I was unsure about using this with sandybridge cpu after reading about incompatibility ? problems, but it seems to be working fine here.
    Have a look under Places, top left on Desktop. What do you see there.

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    Re: Use of second hard disk for storage

    under places, which I find in "home folder", is grahame ( ie me), desktop, file system, network, wastebasket, and if inserted, a memory stick. If I look in file system it shows the folders of the boot drive, no ref to the second hard disk

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    Re: Use of second hard disk for storage

    Phil, this was message returned from the fdisk query.

    Disk /dev/sda: 64.0 GB, 64023257088 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7783 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000cfc5e

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 7273 58419200 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 7274 7784 4101121 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 7274 7784 4101120 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Disk /dev/sdb: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243201 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000abc31

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 1 243202 1953513472 8e Linux LVM

    Disk /dev/sdc: 2002 MB, 2002780160 bytes
    16 heads, 32 sectors/track, 7640 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 512 * 512 = 262144 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x65035a6a

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdc1 16 7640 1951808 b W95 FAT32

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