HD not detected

Charles Hallenbeck chuckh at mhonline.net
Fri Jan 18 15:16:22 EST 2002

I hope someone may have an explanation or a suggestion for this

My friend has a Gateway machine with Windows 98 on a 12 GB disk
which works fine. She wants to move on up to Linux, and purchased
a second HD, a Maxtor 40 GB disk. She knows even less about
hardware than I do, and together we proceeded to just put the
disk in the machine and cable it up, without even looking at its

The machine now still boots fine into Windows, and Windows can
see the second drive okay. However, Linux cannot see either the
old drive or the new one. She is going to install Slackware 8.0
on her second disk, but when the installation boot disk and root
disk are run, and we have the login invitation as root, neither
fdisk nor cfdisk can 'open' any of the four HD devices, not even

Reviewing the boot messages for the ramdisk installation system,
there is no mention of any HD either. It does find her CD drive
on /dev/hdc, but no other /dev/hdx devices are found.

Anybody have any idea where to look for this problem?

Thanks - Chuck

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