> Right, I have searched in the forums but I didn’t get a concrete answer.
> Here’s the problem which is really annoying me quite a lot.
> I bought a new SATA HD to test around, installed it along with opensuse
> 11.0 dvd. Besides that HD there is an IDE HD which has a windows
> installation, now after I install successfully and log in and set up my
> gnome etc etc and finally restart (either to due the upgrades or because
> i need to log in to windows) GRUB 1.5…
> GRUB Loading, please wait…
> It stays in the loop, right now I’m on windows because I chose in the
> menu while installing the boot into windows as default. I don’t know if
> its going to do the same when I restart this pc again probably.
> Now as for the order, I ran arch linux cd I usually use it to use
> cfdisk and
> /dev/sda is marked as the sata driver
> and /dev/sdb is marked as the ide driver
> BUT while I was installing opensuse, the order it gave was
> /dev/sda as the ide driver
> /dev/sdb as the sata driver
> I’m pretty much confused on which order to follow or what to do.
You’ll have to pick an operating system first…
Archlinux obviously loads the sata driver THEN the pata/ide driver.
Opensuse seems to load the pata/ide driver… THEN the sata driver.
(cool how they lined up!!)
If you’re going to install Archlinux, you need to partition /dev/sda. And
conversely (perversely?!), if you want to install OpenSuSE, you’ll need to
Now, if… perhaps… during the install as you adjust the partitioning
setup as all good geeks do… IF you put a LABEL on each partition, and
check the ‘mount by label’ option in the partition module of the
installer… you will never have to worry which drive letter is what, since
the system will LOOK for the label, and mount the proper drive, in the
I have sda,sdb,sdc,sde,sdf,sdg,sdf,sdh… some through USB, most through
Firewire, sometimes they shuffle themselves since they all respond to a
probe randomly. The labels guarantee that when I want ‘dat5’, I
get ‘dat5’, and not something else that happened to be ‘sdf’ this month.
You can label everything. swap partitions too. Works great.
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