Fwd: hp dv9540 laptop second harddrive not detected

Niels Larsen bqz69 at telia.com
Wed Aug 29 11:23:14 UTC 2007

> Hi Neils
> Then sdb1 would appear to be the drive when it is working. Been doing a lil
> more searching and have found some instances of bios settings when set
> wrong giving a hit and miss affair as it were with the drive. Beyond
> possible bios settings, I'll admit to being at a loss. That my idea got
> somw sucess suggests we're on the right path so to speak. Or how about your
> /etc/fstab file? Are there any lines that pont to sdb1? Can u
Yes, I have put a line in /etc/fstab, but when the block device is not 
detected (/dev/sda and /dev/sda1) fstab has no use.
Just now I tried to start vista which I have problems with, and after that 
the /dev/sdb1 was there again.
Then I ran gparted.
I have (all made in order 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 which I have read it must be for 
the partition table to work proper):
sda1 	vista			(primary) - ntfs
sda2		debian		(primary)	- ext3
sda3		swap		(primary)	
sda4		extended	
sda5 	ubuntu		(logical)    -ext3
sdb1		ext3 		(second external hd)
Some 8 gb free on first hd - tried to make a new partition on this, but then 
there was a complain, that i should make an extended partition first (and it 
is there already)?
There seem to be a conflict somewhere!
Wonder if ntfs could have something to do with the conflict?

> sudo mount /dev/sdb1
> ?
> Trying to remember the cat command that tells us which drives are
> recognised. Maybe someone else can help there?
> Another quick thought. If repeating the instructions gets the drive
> recognized again, try right clicking on the icon for the drive and getting
> the details from its properties. Can't hurt.
> am trying to google for your your prob as well, i.g. search something
> like "ubuntu feisty cant mount sata drive" assuming u'r using feisty. Try
> an number of variations on the theme of course.
> I'll try and look further, but I suspect it's a variation on the prob I
> had. Would definately suggest to check your bios settings as well. What
> options r available for the drive in Q?
> James

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