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Installation to THIRD hard disk in system

Postby Dale on Thu Dec 28, 2006 3:19 pm

I am trying to install Mint (Bea) and the only unused partition on my system is hdh3.

My mother board has four ide channels, two on the primary controller which I use for optical drives (DVD burner and CRRW) and an internal zip drive. The second controller is a raid controller (Highpoint) that I have three drives attached to. I do not use the raid functions of the controller.

When installing Bea I can choose manual partition and see the third hard drive (hdh) but when I get to the screen where you assign mount points only the first two drives (hde and hdg) show up. I want the root partion to be hdh3, but can not select this partition in the installer.

Is this a limitation of the Ubuntu installer that Mint uses or am I missing something?

This is a test system with other Linux distros installed, no windows.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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Postby clem on Fri Dec 29, 2006 8:05 pm

Hi,

The installer is Ubiquity which comes from Ubuntu. As far as partitioning is concerned no modifications were made to it. When you open a terminal and type "sudo fdisk -l" does hdh3 show up?

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Postby Dale on Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:26 am

I am running the Mint Live Cd right now and here is the output of the fdisk command relating to the third drive.

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

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdh1 1 3264 26218048+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdh2 3265 6528 26218080 83 Linux
/dev/hdh3 6529 9725 25679902+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdh4 9726 9729 32130 83 Linux


I can also 'see' this drive in the partitioner when doing the install, but when you get to the point of assigning mount points I can not select any of the partitions on hdh.

With the four connections on the motherboard (at tow drives each) this is the equivalent of being the eighth drive in the system. It is the slave drive on the last connector. I don't know what the limit of the installer is.

Anyway, I have freed some space on the first drive in my system and will install Mint there. Hopefully a solution can be found so that someone else doesn't get to that point in the installation process to find out that the drive space they want to use is not available for selection.

Thank you for your reply.
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Postby Dale on Sat Dec 30, 2006 5:39 am

I am doing the install now and here is a screenshot of mount point selection dialog:

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As you can see the partitions on hde and hdg are shown (there is no hdf), but not the partitions on hdg.
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Postby clem on Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:51 am

Make sure the drive is not mounted. I know there's a bug about that in Ubiquity. Apart from that I really don't know.. maybe there's some limitation with the installer.

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