2 hard disks

Pete Clapham w.clapham at csuohio.edu
Tue Nov 27 16:58:47 UTC 2007

This is easy in any flavor of Linux/Unix.  The new disk is hdb or sdb, 
depending on whether it's IDE or SATA.  The 'b' is the important thing.  
Define a mount point (e.g. /home/annie/disk2, where /home/annie is 
Annie's home directory).  Then mount the /dev/hdb1 as /home/annie/disk2 
(the 1 is added when you format the disk to ext3 or ext2, as is the 
UUID).  You then should add the mount information to the /etc/fstab 
table.  The easiest way to do this is to sudo gedit /etc/fstab and add 
the line immediately below the line for hda1.  It can be almost exactly 
the same; simply change hda1 to hdb1; and correct the mount point, but 
/don't/ change the UUID that's given there.  There is a bunch of other 
information in the fstab table as well, but you can use the same numbers 
as present for other drives.  This sounds like a lot of hard work, and 
it is more involved than with Windows, but it's also a lot more 
flexible, since it lets you put the new disk within the file system the 
way /you/ want rather than lockstep C: D: E: . . . .

Good luck.


norman wrote:
> I am setting up a new computer for my granddaughter, installed Edubuntu
> and everything works without any problem. I have the hdd from the old
> machine on which is installed Win XP. If I put this old drive into the
> new computer, along with the new one, could it be made available in case
> she needs to use windows for a game or something? I presume that the old
> drive would have to be set as a slave but what else needs to be done
> please?
> Norman

Pete Clapham
Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio, 44115

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