drive assignments

randy turner rturner2 at
Thu Nov 22 10:53:47 EST 2001

i would like to add that if you have a zip drive
that the mount for it would be /dev/sda4

On Wed, 21 Nov 2001, Steve Holmes wrote:

> For drive assignments, I need to explain the following and I hope it
> doesn't geet too deep too fast. I honestly can't remember where I first
> learned this so that's why I figured to post this kind of stuff to the
> list and to our new our new friend here.
> First off, Linux doesn't use drive letters, that's a DOS/windows thing.
> All drives in Linux begin with a path name like /hda1, /hdb2, /hdc1 or
> /sda1, /sdb1, etc. The /hd? names go with IDE drives and /sd? names go
> with SCSI type drives. I should say that all these drive names actually
> begin with /dev/whatever but for brevity, I'll leave out the /dev part
> here; just lazy, I guess. /hda is the first drive on the first IDE
> controler. /hdb is the second or slave drive on the first IDE controler.
> /hdc is primary drive on the second IDE controler, /hdd would be the slave
> drive on the second controler. See the pattern? The same pattern would
> hold for SCSI drives however, I'm not sure if you would be limitted to two
> drives per SCSI controler. I don't have any SCSI hard drives here so not
> very familiar with SCSI protocols.
> The number corresponds to partitions on the current drive, hence /hda1
> points to the first logical partition and /hda2 is the second and so
> forth. Most linux systems would have a minimum of two partitions - one for
> swap and one for the main file system. Since your 80gig hard drive is so
> big, you might want to create several partitions but I'll leave that
> discussion for another thread.
> I hope this makes some sense to you.
> On Tue, 20 Nov 2001, Glenn Ervin wrote:
> > also,
> > how can I figure out what to assign to my drives?
> > I have an 80gb harddrive.
> > I have a r/w CD ROM, DVD, zip disk, and a removable harddrive bay.  I think
> > the removable drive is on an IDE controller card.
> > Thanks.
> >
> >
> > Sincerely,
> > O. Glenn Ervin-- (Lenny) N0YJV
> > Northeast Nebraska
> > gervin at
> > or My Work e-mail:
> > gervin at
> >
> >
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