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Re: New SATA drive installation question



On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM, francis picabia <fpicabia@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 12:48 AM, Marc Shapiro <marcnshap@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm feeling really dumb right now.  Okay, I'm not dumb, I'm just lacking the
>> information that I need at this time.
>>
>> I just installed a new SATA 1TB Seagate Barracuda drive in my Lenny box with
>> FVWM as my window manager.  This is the first time that I have installed a
>> SATA drive.  How do I determine what drive name to use to repartition and
>> reformat the drive.  With an IDE drive I can tell what it is from its
>> position on the cable.  That doesn't work with SATA.
>>
>> I have looked at the output of blkid, as well as looking through /dev/disk/
>> and I don't see anything that looks like the new drive to me.  I also didn't
>> have anything jump out at me from dmesg.
>>
>> Can anyone tell me where I should be looking, and what I should be looking
>> for?
>>
>> Do I need to make changes in the BIOS to recognize SATA drives?
>>
>> All help appreciated.
>>
>
> Usually the new drive is different than your older drive.  If so, you
> can identify
> it through fdisk -l to list all your drives.  Check the size and it
> will usually indicate
> what it is.   Otherwise if the size of two drives are the same, you can
> install or use smartctl to see the drive model info.  smartctl -i /dev/sda
> will show a bunch of data on the drive including the model number and
> serial number.  Match to what is printed on the hard drive sticker
> and you will know what is what.
>
> If nothing new pops up in fdisk -l, you can tell from that your drive is
> not enabled.  Check your BIOS settings to see if the SATA channels
> are enabled, etc.
>

And... two minutes later I realize this was answered in a new thread.
Oh well, the info might help someone in the future.


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