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I have two sata drives in my computer and I installed openSuse on sda. Unfortunately when I look for sdb it is nowhere to be found. I know the drive ...
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    Help me help linux find my hard drive


    I have two sata drives in my computer and I installed openSuse on sda. Unfortunately when I look for sdb it is nowhere to be found. I know the drive is functional, because if I change the boot order in BIOS it will boot to my Windoze installation on that disk.
    Heres my fdisk output:

    joe:~ # fdisk -l
    Disk /dev/sda: 82.3 GB, 82348277760 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 10011 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 9602 77128033+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 9603 10011 3285292+ 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 9603 10011 3285261 82 Linux swap / Solaris


    Thanks in advance for any help you can give on this issue. I've posted this problem on a couple SUSE forums and have had no luck.

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    whats the output of 'cat /proc/partitions'? did you add any parameter during installation?
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    Thanks again for helping me, I'm really stumped.
    whats the output of 'cat /proc/partitions'?
    major minor #blocks name

    8 0 80418240 sda
    8 1 77128033 sda1
    8 2 1 sda2
    8 5 3285261 sda5
    did you add any parameter during installation?
    I'm not exactly sure what you mean by this, but I did not do anything out of the ordinary when I installed. When it asked me to set up my partitions, there was the same problem where it only found one hard drive.

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    In your boot manager grub/lilo is there an entry for the second hard drive/partition.

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    No, grub has two entries: normal boot and failsafe. They both are pointing to sda.

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    Turns out it was a kernel issue.
    Upgrading from 2.6.18.2 to 2.6.18.8 solved the problem.
    Thanks all.

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    thanx for posting solution.
    i was searching solution for this problems.
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