Unable to access or detect second harddrive

Chris Jones jonesc at hep.phy.cam.ac.uk
Sun Nov 11 21:52:08 UTC 2007

On Sun, 2007-11-11 at 16:44 -0500, David Park wrote:
> I tried
> sudo dmesg | grep sdb
> and got nothing..... is that supposed to mean something?

also try

ls /dev/sd*

if you only get sda entries, and not sdb ones, then as far as your
system is concerned, you only have one physical hard-disk, /dev/sda

for instance, I have one internal drive with a few partitions and a
second external one with only one, and I get

chris ~ > ls /dev/sd*
/dev/sda  /dev/sda1  /dev/sda2  /dev/sda3  /dev/sda4  /dev/sda5  /dev/sdb  /dev/sdb1

If you only have sda entries, then something is up with your second


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