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Re: Serial ATA drives, how to fdisk?

Bummer. I was hoping you would say the drives appear as xya, xyb, etc. Because neither 'fdisk /dev/hda' nor 'fdisk /dev/sda' works. I am thinking the Oralux kernel isn't up to seeing /dev/sda.

I can't check the system log right now because I'm installing windows on the first partition at the moment. I got sighted assistance to partition the drive. We're getting 15-20 machines like this though and I don't want to have to get sighted assistance every time.

PS: SI may not have mentioned this on this list before because it's OT but a blind person can install Windows w/o sighted assistance via an open source project called Unattended. See:

At 11:26 AM 4/25/2005, you wrote:
Correct - The drives do appear as /dev/sdaX etc on this system. I don't
know about Oralinux (I pretty much only use Debian), but if this is a
typical install kernel, you should have support for SCSI included and it
Should Just Work. In any case, dump the output from dmesg into a file
(dmesg > my_machine_info) and look through it with your favourite pager
or editor.

You should be able to use fdisk or cfdisk as usual, just specify the
drive and partition with care: 'fdisk /dev/sda'

Hope this helps,


On Mon, Apr 25, 2005 at 10:34:29AM -0500, John G. Heim wrote:
> So the drives appear as sda1, sd2, ... on your system? Do you know if
> Oralux supports scsi drives? Else, how do you do an fdisk? Do you boot some
> other tool?
> Maybe knoppix supports serial ATA and I can do a serial console?
> At 10:20 AM 4/25/2005, you wrote:
> >Look at the contents of dmesg to find your SATA disks. These are usually
> >presented as 'SCSI' disks ...
> >
> >backup:~# dmesg
> >
> >[some info clipped]
> >
> >scsi0 : sata_promise
> >scsi1 : sata_promise
> > Vendor: ATA Model: Maxtor 6Y200M0 Rev: YAR5
> > Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 05
> > Vendor: ATA Model: Maxtor 7Y250M0 Rev: YAR5
> > Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 05
> >
> >Attached scsi disk sda at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
> >Attached scsi disk sdb at scsi1, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
> >SCSI device sda: 398297088 512-byte hdwr sectors (203928 MB)
> > /dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target0/lun0: p1 p2 p3
> >SCSI device sdb: 490234752 512-byte hdwr sectors (251000 MB)
> > /dev/scsi/host1/bus0/target0/lun0: p1
> >
> >Hope this helps,
> >
> >Pete
> >
> >
> >On Mon, Apr 25, 2005 at 10:16:12AM -0500, John G. Heim wrote:
> > > When I need to install an operating system, I've been running fdisk via
> > > Oralux But I booted the newest machine here at UW-Math and there was no
> > > /dev/hda. They tell me it has serial ATA. How do I get to that device to
> > > fdisk it?

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