Having trouble setting up a second HDD

By AudioVayne
May 10, 2009
  1. OS: Xubuntu 9.04

    HDD1 WD20Gig - system
    HDD2 Seagate20Gig - ext3 filesystem

    The Gparted partition tool sees both drives (how I formatted the Seagate) but I just don't know how to setup to use the thing! (Like a windows layout how you can casually go into the drive to store / use files).

    Any advice guys?
  2. Marty9231

    Marty9231 TS Enthusiast Posts: 141


    Have you assigned the 1st (system) hdd to be a Master-drive, and the second to be cable-select or slave?

    If you haven't, take a look at this picture:

    Click to Maximize

    On top of the drive is a sticker, like the one on the picture, and on the sticker is explained how to insert the 2-pin block to assign a drive to be a Master, slave or cable-select drive.

    Make sure the drive with your OS installed on it is assigned Master, and the second drive is assigned either slave or cable-select.

    Try that
  3. AudioVayne

    AudioVayne TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

    Yup, they were set correctly...Xubuntu's Gparted could read and format the drive, I just couldn't manage to add it as a storage drive (Example 'Drive D' in windows)
  4. Marty9231

    Marty9231 TS Enthusiast Posts: 141

    Ok, well, I don't know anything about Xubuntu or Gparted. But in windows, you can add drives (partition them) with the windows installation disc. I always do that.
  5. AudioVayne

    AudioVayne TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 99

    Yeah in Windows I just use the 'Disk Management' feature...Here's hoping Debian will do it...
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