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hard drive designations

Postby jerrybee on Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:29 pm

Why does Mint refer to my IDE hard drives with sdx (SCSI) designations instead of hdx?
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Re: hard drive designations

Postby proxima_centauri on Sat Dec 27, 2008 9:00 pm

I think they recently started changing everything to sdx for uniformity. But I'm not positive.
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Re: hard drive designations

Postby bobpur on Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:34 am

I've run into that, too. It's a bit confusing.

I have four drives (2 SATA & 2 PATA). They come up as sda, sdb, sdc, and sdd. I, even, think the PATA opticals have a "sd" designation. I'll have to check on that.

Go to www.distrowatch.com and download, either, of these: Parted Magic, Gparted, or System Rescue cd. The drives come out right when you run these.
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Re: hard drive designations

Postby jerrybee on Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:14 pm

bobpur wrote:I've run into that, too. It's a bit confusing.

I have four drives (2 SATA & 2 PATA). They come up as sda, sdb, sdc, and sdd. I, even, think the PATA opticals have a "sd" designation. I'll have to check on that.

Go to http://www.distrowatch.com and download, either, of these: Parted Magic, Gparted, or System Rescue cd. The drives come out right when you run these.


Thanks for the feedback. I use Gparted all the time when working with Linux partitions, but I may have used it one time too many the other day when re-arranging Linux partitions on this dual-boot HDD. When I'm in Windows, I use Partition Magic. The other day, I re-arranged Linux partitions using Gparted, and needed to also do some modifying of the 2 Windows partitions. So I just forged ahead, in Gparted, to do the Windows partition modifications -- it seemed to go OK. Eventually I re-booted into Windows, started Partition Magic, and it now reports the whole HDD, all the Windows and all the Linux partitions, as being BAD. Both Windows and Linux still work OK. I did find another Windows partition manager that reports the HDD partitions OK, so that put my mind at ease. Too bad I got in a hurry and forgot the advice to use a partition manager for the OS you're working in.
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