How to mount added Disk Drives

:\I installed openSUSE 11.1 64 bit on to a spare hard disk – while having two other disks which contained windows XP and suse 10.3 disconnected. Once Suse was installed and running well I reconnected the two other disks, with Xp disk at SATA1 and Suse 10.3 disk at SATA2 and the new Suse at SATA3. This meant, to run the sys. On SATA3 (11.1) I would select in BIOS Sata3 as boot device. I tired of this and used “boot Loader” to change the boot sequence, accepted it’s recommendation and set it to boot from MBR, this actually works fine, however, it did not go to the MBR of SATA1 (Windows XP) but rather, to that of SATA3, because it is seen as hd0 and the windows disk is seen as hd1, in menu.lst it maps hd0 to hd1 and hd1 to hd0 so when I select XP it boots with no problems. My problem is: Suse 11.1 sees the other two drives but, I can’t access them.
They are not listed in /etc/fstab, I suppose because they were not present when I installed the system.
Q: how do I get them recognized and usable by my new system, with out doing a reinstall? Sorry about the length of this just thought it would help.

give entry to /etc/fstab and save it and restart your computer.

The yast partioner tool can help you if you prefer not to hand-edit /etc/fstab. It should show you the new partitions available and create the entries required to mount them for you.

Not sure if you’ll need to do

mount -a

afterwoods, or whether yast does this automagically.

The YaST Partitioner module will let you assign mount points. You select the disk then double-click on the disk partition devices you’re interested in. Then edit the entries, and click on finish.

It should create the fstab(5) entry, mount directory, and mount it for you, when it applies the changes.

Thanks, I figured it out and mounted the desired disks, only one problem left: Can’t write to those disks, I can access them and transfer files from them but can’t save to them. I’m sure I will figure that out also. In the mean time I have them set to share with read/write priveledges, and can move files back and forth via my internal network. If any one can provide info on doing it natively let me know.

Re; RJones

Have a look at Swerdna’s tutorial to help make it clear:

HowTo Mount NTFS Filesystem Partition Read Write Access in openSUSE 10, 11

Suse: HowTo set disk access permissions for Fat32 (VFAT) on a desktop PC

Thanks for the heads up! I’ll check it out.

rotfl!Wow! Amazing what a little knowledge can accomplish. That article you sent me to was fantastic, I now have access to my hard drives, works like a champ. Plus the article sends you to other resources which I’m sure will help my learning curve in Linux, so once again THANKS! Glad you logged on.

Re; RJones