View Full Version : [SOLVED] Adding a hard drive (ubuntu server 9.10)

April 9th, 2010, 02:33 AM
I've added a second hard drive to my home file server but I'm unsure how to complete the process.

First I formatted the new drive:

sudo mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdb
After the hard drive was formatted with ext3 I partitioned the drive by:

sudo fdisk /dev/sdb
After the partition table was created for /dev/sdb, I ran fdisk -l, and I got:

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 14412 115764358+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 14413 14593 1453882+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 14413 14593 1453851 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x61714c3f

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 60801 488384001 83 Linux

And that shows the new drive is formatted and partitioned, right?

Now this is where I get a little confused.

I created /share in my root directory with:

sudo mkdir share
sudo chmod 777 share
Than I go to my fstab and add the follwing lines:

/dev/sdb /share ext2 defaults 0 0

And in my SMB.conf I added

path = /share
browseable = yes
guest ok = yes
read only = no
create mask = 0775

The problem is, if I reboot my server, the /share is attached to the wrong drive.

April 9th, 2010, 02:43 AM
You need to mount your drive in order to use it.

Assuming you are using the standard Ubuntu desktop: click on Places (top left menu bar, between Applications and System), and you should see your hard drive listed there.

April 9th, 2010, 02:45 AM
Addendum: if you want to mount the hard drive automatically, you have to create a mount point (a directory) and edit /etc/fstab. You'll need to read elsewhere for detailed instructions.

April 9th, 2010, 06:33 PM
you're doing it wrong.

you have to partition first, then create filesystem(s) (a.k.a. "format"), then mount.

1- partition : with fdisk or parted
- (delete old partition table)
- (make partition table)
- create partition(s)
- save and quit

the result is that now your disk has partitions, this can be seen by the device names :
disk : /deb/sdb -> partitions: /dev/sdb1 [/dev/sdb2 /dev sdb/3 ... ]
you make a filesystem in a partition, so mkfs ... /dev/sdb1

3- mount the partition(s), eg from /etc/fstab

this page has some more info :