how do i mount a drive?

How do I mount a hard disk on a server? I've never done this before to be honest. How do I know "where it is" or what directory, ie "/backup" or such to mount to? Please explain.
How do I see all disks on the server, their full info?
I need to format it first.

I'm using IDE. This is what whm's server info shows (before mount)

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda3 75G 3.4G 68G 5% /
/dev/hda1 99M 14M 80M 15% /boot
none 498M 0 498M 0% /dev/shm

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centos 3.3
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SecretAgentOnlineAuthor Commented:
Ok, thats a lot of details. Can you please just post
the simple command lines for me?

By the way, this is a secondary 80GB drive too.
do  you have a directory for it
make a dir for it
mkdir mnt/d
try mount /dev/hda3 mnt/d
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try the cmd

fdisk -l

this usually shows you which drives are connected

to mount a drive type

mount -t (type of file format) /dev/hdb1 (or whatever ur device is) /any directory

so for example you could type

mount -t vfat /dev/hdb1 /mnt/edrive

make sure the directory edrive exists in /mnt and u can just cd to /mnt/edrive and ls.

Hope this helps
SecretAgentOnlineAuthor Commented:
ok, here are the results, please tell me what do next, thank you much

root@server [~]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hdc: 82.3 GB, 82348277760 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 10011 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System

Disk /dev/hda: 82.3 GB, 82348277760 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 10011 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *         1        13    104391   83  Linux
/dev/hda2            14       144   1052257+  82  Linux swap
/dev/hda3           145     10011  79256677+  83  Linux
u want to create a filesystem on /dev/hdc so type

parted /dev/hdc mkpartfs primary ext2 1 80000

where 1 = start of partition in MB
80000 = end in MB (80000 ~ 80GB)

then u should see something like
 /dev/hdc1 under fdisk -l

then mount -t ext2 /dev/hdc1 /mnt/edrive

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