i have 320 gb hdd with 5 partition.when insta

November 17, 2011 at 04:11:01
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i have 320 gb hdd with 5 partition.when installing i am not able to identify my partions. how linux represent hdd partition

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November 17, 2011 at 04:15:37
Assuming it's a SATA disk, Linux will identify the partitions as /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2, etc. (If a PATA disk they will be /dev/hda1, etc.) You can't actually have 5 partitions (assuming you have an MBR partitioned disk), but it's possible that you have an extended partition with two or more logical drives. These will be named /dev/sda5, /dev/sda6, etc.

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November 19, 2011 at 08:43:45
The way you identify them is a process. You can't trust number order as windows doesn't care. You use size (as in size of partition vs windows report), and files( look at the files on the partition) and format type (partitions have a format number) to help decide what is what. If still unsure then go to a virtual machine as it is safer.

No, a bit different. The distro would decide how to label the drive. Almost all linux for the past 7 years has changed how it uses a drive. The old was was either hdx or sdx but all have used scsi emulation to access even ide, compact flash or scsi or sata drives. The few left are made for older systems, maybe dsl and puppy and older floppy based distros might still use hdx.

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