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Hi!! I'm trying to install Slackware 10.2 on a workstation, but when i go to the partition option using cfdisk it shows me only /dev/hda, where my backup is located. ...
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    can't see HDD on slackware installation


    Hi!!

    I'm trying to install Slackware 10.2 on a workstation, but when i go to the partition option using cfdisk it shows me only /dev/hda, where my backup is located. I also have three more HDD /dev/sda5 as a swap partition, /dev/sda6 whit linux cern and /dev/sda7 where i used to have my previous slackware version can anyone help me plz.

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    extra info

    when i type
    cfdisk /dev/sda7
    it says
    FATAL ERROR: Cannot open disk drive

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    cfdisk defaults to /dev/hda when no arguments are given.

    What happens when you do `cfdisk /dev/sda` ??


    Also, what is the output of
    Code:
    fdisk -l     # note the -l is a small L, not a capital i
    Can't tell an OS by it's GUI

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    the output of
    Code:
    fdisk -l
    is
    Code:
    Device            Boot      Start      End      Blocks          Id       System
    /dev/hda1      *           1           9729     78148161    83      Linux
    When i type cfdisk /dev/sda it says that there was a fatal error and that the hard disk drive cannot be openned.

    However, when i go through fdisk -l not in the isntallation menu but using the OS, it shows the complete list of partitions i have on /dev/sda which go from sda1 to sda7.

    thanks

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    1. when i type
    cfdisk /dev/sda7
    it says
    FATAL ERROR: Cannot open disk drive

    fdisk (or cfdisk) should be given the disk device as
    an argument, not a partition
    In other words you should NOT type:

    cfdisk /dev/sda7

    but type this instead:

    cfdisk /dev/sda

    2. if you plan on installing slackware on an existing linux partition you
    don't need to fdisk, just select that partition when you're prompted
    where you want to install slackware
    then say yes (and select the type of filesystem) when you're asked
    if you want to format it

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    Hi vonbiber

    I type
    cfdisk /dev/sda

    and the output is the same than before

    When i'm in the installation menu, where i have to select in which partition i want to install slackware, there appears only hda1 but not sda where slack were installed previously, and where is installed one more distribution if linux

    i also tried booting different kernels but it didn't work out

    Maybe this could help when i'm using the OS and type

    Code:
    cfdisk /dev/sda
    
    
    Name    Flags    Part type    FS type                   [label]       size(MB)
    ..................................................................................................
    sda1                    Primary     Dell utility                                 2146 
                                Pri/Log      Free space                              13497
    sda5                    Logical      Linux Swap                              2006
    sda6                    Logical      Linux ext3              [/]              20012
    sda7   Boot          Logical      Linux ReiserfFS                       35738
    and when i type


    Code:
    cfdisk
    
    Name    Flags    Part type    FS type                   [label]       size(MB)
    ..................................................................................................
    hda1     Boot         Primary     Linux ext3                                 80023

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