[olug] Hard Drive Addition to a Compaq Deskpro

Nick Walter waltern at iivip.com
Tue Apr 16 18:41:51 UTC 2002

Before you purchase a new hard drive for your Deskpro, make darn sure you
know if you need a SCSI hard drive or an IDE hard drive.

The easiest way to tell is to figure out the device name linux is referring
to the drive as.  Using the mount command, you get output similar to the

/dev/sda3 on / type ext3 (rw)
none on /proc type proc (rw)
/dev/sda1 on /boot type ext3 (rw)
none on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,gid=5,mode=620)
none on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
none on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw)

The above output is from one of my linux systems.  I can see from the output
that my / and /boot partitions are on device /dev/sda.  If you only have one
hard drive, it will be /dev/sda if it's SCSI and /dev/hda if it's IDE.

Knowing what sort of hard drive to get is important if you don't want to
waste any money ;-)

Nick Walter


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