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Re: [opensuse] pata and sata
  • From: jdd <jdd@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 20:22:37 +0100
  • Message-id: <4582F5FD.4090401@xxxxxxxxx>
Randall R Schulz a écrit :
On Friday 15 December 2006 10:08, jdd wrote:

a friend of mine have two western digital drives and the
second is not always seen by openSUSE 1.2, I try to fix the
problem :-()

As the other responder pointed out, SATA is strictly one-device-per-port scheme. If your friend has two drives connected, then they're connected and there's no issue about configuring the drives or jumpers or any such old-fashioned silliness (SCSI notwithstanding...).

So if only one drive is seen by Linux, then possible reasons are:

1) One SATA port is broken.
2) One drive is broken.
3) There are disparate SATA interfaces on the mainboard and only one is supported or recognized or properly activated.
4) There could be a BIOS configuration issue preventing one SATA port from operating.


thanks for the answer. but this mean it's not possible to add disks in the computer this is really limitating :-(

my friend problem is pretty harsh to solve. he is a newbie (don't even want to open the box to look at).

He have two sata drives (one year old hardware) and a dvd writer (ide)

he have windows on the /dev/sda drive

the /dev/sdb had an unbuntu working (and may be also an old suse, I'm unsure), the problem come with the 10.2:

when booting the dvd, openSUSE don't see the second (linux) drive. he could boot with the mini cd (net install), see the drive and switch to the dvd, and install, but the install goes wrong somewhere and at the reboot gives only a console login he is unable to use. no more unbunto neither, so GRUB was installed.

the cd and dvd are OK (verified) and now I try to make him disconnect one of the two drives one at a turn to test, but this scares him :-(

drives are western digital WDC-WD1600PD07T (I find this model on google on a comercial site, but not this very model on WD web site)

do you know of any specific 10.2 problem in such circomstance?

french readers, the original thread:


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