Additional HDD

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Additional HDD require changes in system settings, in order to be visible and accessible. Exact changes depend on whether the storage is for system or user files.

Additionall HDD must be partitioned, including if only one partititon is required

  • as of 2012, most new HDD are sold pre-parttitioned GPT, with a single partition
  • for guidance on changing partitioning see

Advanced Format (AF) Drives

User Storage

  1. a permanent mount point
    • mount points /mnt & /media are for temporary mounts
    • LSB makes no recommendations for permanent extra HDD
    • suggested mount points are "/data" for LInux data or "/windows/C" for Windows drives
    • admin tools such as Synaptic, Yast2 etc can be used to create and set mount points
  2. user permissions for the mount point
    • in the above example. recursively change the Group for /data to (say) "users"
    • in the above example. recursively change the Owner for /data to the principal user
      • if other users are also to have access to the additional storage then Group permisisons for /data need to be relaxed
    • changes may be made via "File Manager - Super User Mode", if system allows that mode
    • else use "chgrp" & "chown" commands

System Storage

  1. only the mount point need be changed
    • admin tools such as Synaptic, Yast2 etc can be used to set mount points
    • second HDD are likely to be most beneficially used in SOHO systems for one of /usr, /home or /srv

Rpeters22:10, 20 September 2012 (EST)