em little help :D

i know that this is probably going to be painful to look over since it is (i am sure) a question that has been asked time and time again :stuck_out_tongue: but still i have to ask…

ok i have for a great many years used pc’s
and each of them have been windows based comps.
my first problem is that i simply freaking hate windows (i hate mac’s more) but bottom line i thought after all this time that it would be a very good time to make the switch over. and so i have but the bit that is killing me is

  1. the howto’s and faq’s are not very clear
    2.i have well over fifteen years worth of stuff spread out on 5 different hard drives that i suddenly can not access.
    i know what partitioning is and how it is used but this is messed up i had no control of the process the software installation just took over all of my HD’S and spread them out about a thousand freaking times! i need to know that my stuff still exists and how to access it!
    my primary 40gb hd is suddenly 10 gb and almost full thanks to the instillation (somehow).
    i refuse to go back to windows that much i know.
    and i am trying to live with this situation and calmly correct it but as i said the faq’s are not very clear.
    half of my hardware appears to not exist as well.
    how do i correct these things? is there a better howto somewhere on the net or live assistance or something?

thanks for your time

I am not sure, you are familiar with Linux or not.
Try to run this command in terminal:

fdisk -l

can you provide more details, like:

  • How you install the OS.
  • Which OS you are using now.
  • During installation, did you see any partition thing.

nope i have not one clue about linux actually :slight_smile:

well there has been a change in things i pulled the extra hd’s reformatted the primary and reinstalled opensuse without any other operating system. so far so good there, and also i have been endeavoring to read everything i can but again the freaking instructions are bloody unclear in the sense that
(for example)
i want to mount a hard drive in ntfs format as well as access the already established content without formatting and losing it all.
so i am given a set of command’s to input into who knows where
i.e. mount -t ntfs-3g/dev/sda1/mnt/windows
so there is no reference as to where i should be putting this thing other then etc/fstag (where ever the hell that is)

oh yeah going back for a second and to answer your question
i had to do the net install as i do not have any empty discs :slight_smile:

anyway so i have gotten along far enough to understand generally how to navigate as there is little difference bumming around this OS than any other it’s just the lack of clear refrence material that is killing me here

something else what is the difference between
while trying to mount a drive in opensuse?
i can’t just look that up because there are no direct paths to any clear information regarding this OS in that way…
also i noticed that the more drives i have connected the fewer options are available
if i mount lets say
drive1 as /local
drive2 now only has the option of /srv or /tmp
and it ends up being useless anyway because none of them are accessible and i end up getting an error -3003 or some such thing when i hit the next and so on buttons to finish the partitioner grr lol
i have so far attempted every possible combination of mounting configuration and have gotten an error every time. i even went so far as to read a thousand or so pages of utterly useless faq’s and downloaded/figured out/installed the ntfs-3g tgz file (possibly installing it a second time over a pre existing install… i have no idea)

i know that my comp hardware is not the problem here as i have torn it apart down to bare essentials and ran through every possible scenario from starting with one HD (and failing to mount it) to putting one of my older HD’S up on the sacrificial alter of knowledge and turned it into a guinea pig and still i error out and can not mount anything.

yeah so i need some serious help here as i still refuse to go back to windows for any reason…

all assistance will be appreciated to no end! i will freaking name babies after you! (not my babies… but babies will have your name i swear it)

thanks in advance

Before we start. Please refrain from using bad language in this forum. Thank you:)

i.e. mount -t ntfs-3g/dev/sda1/mnt/windows
so there is no reference as to where i should be putting this thing

This goes in a terminal as su. Open a terminal and type su
then your root password

then the mount command you want.

Check swerdna’s page: Linux HOWTOs and Tutorials: Suse Linux 10.0, 10.1 openSUSE 10.2, 10.3, 11.0, 11.1

HowTo Compilation - openSUSE Forums

thank you much for the info/link :slight_smile:

also i don’t remember using bad language but i will watch what i say in future posts… sorry about that

It’s OK friend. Maybe I should have considered your frustrated state of mind. Guess you were steaming away a bit/

Look. One of the best ways to see what’s what is to open a terminal and become su. Do that by typing su (then enter)
then your root password

Now type:

fdisk -l

this will list all your drives and partitions.

It’s not clear to us if you are running your install of openSUSE, or if the whole lot is borked and you are typing from another unit.
If it is the first, then it’s easy. If the second - then you will need a live cd, actually any distro will do. In suse with live cd, open terminal type su and hit enter a couple of times,(there is no password)

then do the fdisk
copy and paste to the forum

phail00 wrote:
> i have been endeavoring to read everything i can but again the
> freaking instructions are bloody unclear…it’s just the lack of
> clear refrence material that is killing me here…i even went so
> far as to read a thousand or so pages of utterly useless faq’s…

actually you suffer not from a lack of clear information but rather
from not having the new vocabulary useful for searching among the VAST
assortment of clear instructions which are available among:


official startup guide: http://tinyurl.com/ktvdr9
new guy info/reading list: http://tinyurl.com/6jwtg9
documentation: http://tinyurl.com/yvprx7
concepts: http://tinyurl.com/66h4rw
howtos: http://tinyurl.com/ndoxac
more howtos: http://tinyurl.com/mmzhjn
Swerdna’s howtos: http://tinyurl.com/36mmr9
Partitioning/Install Guide: http://tinyurl.com/6mu7rm
tutorials: http://tinyurl.com/m3atvq
support data base: http://tinyurl.com/3o9s3m
forum search: http://tinyurl.com/3elgj3
wiki search: http://tinyurl.com/nt7weo

and on YOUR machine (if you installed it):

GENERAL Linux info:
(applies to openSUSE and all other flavors [mostly…there are some

frustration reliever (Linux is NOT Windows): http://tinyurl.com/8b9s6
free books: http://tinyurl.com/r3wrcr/
“Rute User’s Tutorial and Exposition”: http://tinyurl.com/mu7byz
Linux Documentation Project (LDP): http://tldp.org/index.html
LDP’s howtos: http://tinyurl.com/5kdhh

and, there are MANY MANY more sources yet to find or list, see
Linux search at Google: http://www.google.com/linux

> yeah so i need some serious help here as i still refuse to go back
> to windows for any reason…

if i can just make an observation: to be successful in switch from the
Redmond Nose Ring to Freedom suggest you look at it as a journey, and
realize there are many bumps in the road…

most of them just because you have a lingo specific to Windows, and we
have a lingo specific to Linux (i guess the Mac, Amiga, BeOS folks all
have there own also)…so, it is difficult for you to figure out how
to find the info you seek…that was the bad news…the GOOD news is:
though the learning curve is steep you are already on the way
up…and, have less yet to learn now than yesterday!! keep
climbing…keep asking…keep reading…in a few months you can
start sharing with the REALLY new guys…

oh by the way: Welcome to Freedom, and openSUSE!!


You have been asked twice for " fdisk -l " output. That is because if you provide the output of that, it will give us a list of the hard drives and partitions on your PC.

If you find that difficult to run/provide output, you could instead, with your PC connected to the Internet, COPY and PASTE the following into a terminal or a konsole, press “enter”, and type the root password when prompted.

su -c 'fdisk -l > fdisk.txt && curl -F file=@fdisk.txt nopaste.com/a'

This will give you a URL (pasting the list of your PCs hard drive structure to the URL on the internet). Please just post the URL here in this thread so we can go to it and see what your drives are.

Note the above is just another way of obtaining the list of your PC’s hard drives/partitions/formats.

It would also be useful if you provided the output of running in a konsole/terminal:

df -Th

Note that is case sensitive