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Mounting a 2nd hard drive

Posted on 2003-11-07
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Last Modified: 2013-12-16
A few months ago, I setup a 2nd hard drive on my RH 9 box.  Last night, I tried replacing that with a new disk (which was NTFS formatted).  It gave me errors on bootup, so I ended up getting rid of the entry and now I'm trying to put the original drive back in place.  Hopefully, I didn't lose my 20 GB of data on the first drive.

When trying to get rid of the entry, I did "rm /dev/hdb1" rather than removing the entry from /etc/fstab.  Now I can't get it back - maybe I deleted all my data?
Here's the error I'm getting now:

[root@drevil /]# mount -t ext3 /dev/hdb1 /data
mount: /dev/hdb1 is not a block device
Question by:mraible
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arjanh earned 1000 total points
ID: 9702158
Hi mraible,

I think you may just only have deleted the device pointer to your partition. Try the following command, and then try again mounting it:
mknod /dev/hdb1 b 3 65

This will recreate the special device pointer in the /dev tree


Author Comment

ID: 9702219
Hmmm, maybe I did delete all my data?  I tried this and here are my results:

[mraible@drevil mraible]$ su
[root@drevil mraible]# mknod /dev/hdb1 b 3 65
mknod: `/dev/hdb1': File exists
[root@drevil mraible]# rm /dev/hdb1
[root@drevil mraible]# mknod /dev/hdb1 b 3 65
[root@drevil mraible]# cd /data
[root@drevil data]# mount -t ext3 /dev/hdb1 /data
[root@drevil data]# ls
[root@drevil data]# ll
total 0

Here's what I was getting on startup (I haven't tried it with this change):

Checking filesystems
The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2 filesystem.                                                                                
If the device is valid and it really contains an ext2 filesystem (and not swap
or ufs or something else), then the superblock is corrupt and you might try running
e2fsck with an alternate superblock:
    e2fsck -b 8193 <device>
In /etc/fstab, I have:
/dev/hdb1       /data   ext3    defaults 1 2
If I run 32fsck -b 8193 /dev/hdb1, I get:
e2fsck 1.32 (09-Nov-2002)
e2fsck: Is a directory while trying to open /dev/hdb1


Author Comment

ID: 9702254
As strange as it may sound - this actually worked!  I don't know what changed, but I switched back to my Windows machine (which has a mapped drive to a directory on this 2nd hard disk, using Samba) and it connected!  And all my files are there!!  You've made my day - thanks arjunh!

Expert Comment

ID: 9702393
Glad I could help! I know the feeling when you think you have just deleted all your data :)

Because you first did a 'cd /data' and then mounted something on that place, the ls command was still looking at the old (empty) mount point. If you had done a 'cd ..; cd data' you would have seen the actual mounted data.

Safer (at least for your own mind) is first mounting and then cd'ing to that place:
mount -t ext3 /dev/hdb1 /data
cd /data

Then you would have seen the same thing immediately as what Samba is showing now.

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