Mounting a new drive

Steven Davies-Morris sdavmor at
Wed Jun 25 14:27:40 UTC 2008

Karl Larsen wrote:
> Steven Davies-Morris wrote:
>> I have a Hitachi 320gb drive that was until an hour ago formatted
>>  as NTFS. It was seen by Gnome and showed up on my desktop. After
>>  pulling all its data off, I decided I wanted to reformat it so
>> it would be a "native" file format and no NTFS anymore. So far so
>>  good. But now I'm stuck trying to edit /etc/fstab to get it to 
>> display. Is there an easy GUI tool to help me do this, like the 
>> NTFS configuration tool? Failing that, how do I create a mount 
>> point that /etc/fstab will like (I presume on /media/)
>> The partition is /dev/sdd1. Reiser file system. Type-Linux 
>> (0x83). Label=Hitachi300. 
>> UUID=27bb8f9b-38ab-4398-92c5-4fbc0dd970a1. I'll provide more info
>>  if this isn't enough.
> 1. You do not need to mount that drive to change the partition type
>  and put on a new file system. Use "fdisk" to change anything you 
> want and then mkfs.XYZ to make the new file system. In fact you 
> can't make a new file system if the partition is mounted.
> 2. Only put things you want to do a long time automatically in 
> /etc/fstab. Do not mess with this file. You can make it impossible 
> to boot up REAL EASY :-)
> Karl


It's already been reformatted -- as planned, as wanted. The issue is
getting the drive mounted. Permamentsly. As a native *nix drive, not a
"foreign" drive that has been brought over from a scrapped Windoze
box. The whole point of this is that it has to be mounted in
/etc/fstab, so please don't be telling me not to work in /etc/fstab.
That part is already done and dusted. I can see the drive, but the
system tells me that it's not mounted properly. Ergo, I will have to
edit /etc/fstab at some point...

Now that I've built the last piece of the puzzle -- creating a folder
under media where the drive could be mounted, the reiser file system
drive I had already setup in /etc/fstab is properly visible. Now it
can be permanently exposed over my LAN via samba as it was when it was
a NTFS drive, which was the point of the operation. I could have left
it as an NTFS drive, but I don't want any NTFS drives.
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