Two Hard Drives

So I’ve just switched over from Windows XP, and I think I’ll stick with openSUSE lol!

I have two SATA hard drives, an 80GB and a 640GB. I have the OS on the 80GB one and I want to use the 640 just for storage. How can I set it up so that anytime I save anything it will go to the big hard drive?

Point it there in whatever application you are using.

I guess I should have been a little more clear. Whenever I try to click on the 640 gig hard drive in Dolphin A pink error message shows up on the bottom of the window that says

“An error occured while accessing ‘New_Volume’, the system responded: org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.PermissionDeniedByPolicy: auth_admin_keep_always ← (action, result)”

So I haven’t been able to save anything to it so far.

Open a terminal and become su and then type:

fdisk -l

post result

cat /etc/fstab

post result

Okay this is what all the terminal stuff looks like:

**linux-32ji:~ #** fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0003e497

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1         262     2104483+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda2   *         263        2873    20972857+  83  Linux
/dev/sda3            2874        9729    55070820   83  Linux

Disk /dev/sdb: 640.1 GB, 640135028736 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 77825 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xfe4dfe4d

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *           1       77825   625129281   83  Linux
**linux-32ji:~ #** cat /etc/fstab
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD800JD-00MSA1_WD-WMAM9DUJ5758-part1 swap  swap       defaults              0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD800JD-00MSA1_WD-WMAM9DUJ5758-part2 /  ext3       acl,user_xattr        1 1
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD800JD-00MSA1_WD-WMAM9DUJ5758-part3 /home  ext3       acl,user_xattr        1 2
proc                 /proc                proc       defaults              0 0
sysfs                /sys                 sysfs      noauto                0 0
debugfs              /sys/kernel/debug    debugfs    noauto                0 0
devpts               /dev/pts             devpts     mode=0620,gid=5       0 0
linux-32ji:~ #

The device is not listed in /etc/fstab

You can go to Yast - System - Partitioner to set a mount point for it. You get a warning going here, so do be careful.


An alternative
you might have luck manually adding it by editing /etc/fstab
FSTAB - Editing Manually - openSUSE Forums

Create a folder in /home/username/folder_name
Add the line

/dev/sdb1 /home/username/folder_name  ext3       defaults              1 2

username= your username eg: James
folder_name= whatever you want to see Eg: Store

so that would be

/dev/sdb1 /home/James/Store ext3 defaults  1 2

Insert the line under
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD800JD-00MSA1_WD-WMAM9DUJ5758-part3 /home ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2

save and reboot

If that code doesn’t work use this ending:

ext3 acl,user_xattr 1 2

So I added that line in /etc/fstab, and when I rebooted it wanted me to give the root password and then repair a filesystem. This is what all the stuff it said:

Checking file systems...
fsck 1.41.1 (01-Sep-2008)
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD800JD-00MSA1_WD-WMAM9DUJ5758-part3: clean, 956/3442096files, 278677/13767705 blocks
fsck.ext3: Bad magic number in super-block while trying to open /dev/sdb1
The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2
filesystem.  If the device is balid and it really contains an ext2
filesystem (and not swap or ufs or something else), then the superblock
is corrupt, and you might try running e2fsck with an alternate superblock:
    e2fsck -b 8193 <device>

bootsplash: status on console 0 changed to on
blogd: no message logging because /var file system is not accessible
ehci-hcd ohci-hcd uhci-hcd USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver v3.0
usb-ohci usb-uhci
fsck failed for at least one filesystem (not /).
Please repair manually and reboot.
The root file system is is already mounted read-write.

Attention: Only CONTROL-D will reboo the system in this
maintenance mode. shutdown or reboot will not work.

Give root password for login:
(repair filesystem) #

So I’m not really sure what to do here due to my incredible noobishness. So I’m posting this from my laptop >.<

Boot with Parted magic cd and format the drive to ext3.

Try again