Solved I want 1 smaller hard drives to appear as one

July 10, 2011 at 08:03:26
Specs: Linux i686), 866mhz/ 512mb
I'm on a budget and want two smaaler hard drives to appear as one drive that is larger than the one drive. I use the OS Linux Mint. Would putting the 2 hard drives on one IDE cable be wise?

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#1
July 10, 2011 at 08:10:40
"Would putting the 2 hard drives on one IDE cable be wise?"

No, it would not. And it wouldn't combine the two into one anyway. To do that, you need a RAID configuration.

How about telling us the sizes of your HDDs & why you feel you need to combine them?


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#2
July 10, 2011 at 08:20:46
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never combine two drives into one (unless you have to) there are more dissadvantages of such set up than advantages.

ideally you'd have a separate drive for OS and a separate for data.


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#3
July 10, 2011 at 08:22:53
One of the drives is a 7.5GB and the other is an 8.4GB hard drive. Yes; they are old but I'm on a budget.

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#4
July 10, 2011 at 08:39:10
You obviously have Mint installed on just one of them, so the other can be used as the storage drive. So what's the problem?

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#5
July 10, 2011 at 10:04:49
Almost all new eide drives and controllers are independent and you can put both on the same cable. Been like that for years.

Yes, you can combine them. Different ways to make it appear to the user that the space is contiguous. Might look at lvm.

I think one can also mount them to the same root maybe. Never tried that.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#6
July 10, 2011 at 15:04:20
"Almost all new eide drives and controllers are independent and you can put both on the same cable. Been like that for years."

That may be true, but only one drive can access the channel at a time.


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#7
July 10, 2011 at 18:02:33
No one would ever see it in a system or be able to test it except in some really odd situations. The hard drives all have a cache on them to offload data in high speed to the controller. Then the other drive can do it's thing and back and forth, never letting the plattens stop spinning. The cache access speed and the controller speeds are way faster than any ide mechanical drive is..

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#8
July 11, 2011 at 11:49:37
One of the drives is 8.4GB and the other drive is 7.2GB (I think it is or it may be 7.3GB).

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