Unable to access or detect second harddrive

Chris Malton chrism at cjsoftuk.dyndns.org
Sun Nov 11 21:56:33 UTC 2007

Note that on my server, my external drive shows up as /dev/sdf, despite 
the primary master being sda and there being no other disks.

I've never understood why. On the odd occasion, I get /dev/sdg instead 
of that.


Chris Jones wrote:
> 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
> drive.
> Chris

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