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I was wondering about the different naming conventions that Linux uses. On my home PC my disk is hda. I am trying to install Linux now on my work PC ...
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    Disk naming question


    I was wondering about the different naming conventions that Linux uses.
    On my home PC my disk is hda.
    I am trying to install Linux now on my work PC in vmware and my disk is called sda. Why is this? Does vmware see disks differently?

    I also have a flash drive at home and when I want to access that I need to mount to /dev/sda1. Which is the same as one of the slices on my work pc(under vmware)

    I would like to now where the sda comes from. All my drives are ide.

    cheers
    I am on a journey to mastering Linux and I got a bloody long way to go!!!

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    hd? are IDE disks and sd? are SCSI disks. vmware probably emulates your disk through a SCSI layer.
    Flash drive? Are you referring to one of those USB keychains? In that case, it's using the standard USB Mass Storage protocol, which presents itself through the SCSI driver. Therefore, it uses the SCSI disk interface as well.

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    Thanks Dolda,

    that answers my question. I was refering to USB keychain. Overhere they are known as USB Flash Drive.

    Cheers
    I am on a journey to mastering Linux and I got a bloody long way to go!!!

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