[Nottingham] Viewing a second harddrive

ron_w_add at yahoo.co.uk ron_w_add at yahoo.co.uk
Sun Nov 20 12:32:42 UTC 2016

Hello Martin
Thanks for your reply.
I have tried as you suggested. However, I am unable to see the second drive in the dev folder - all I have are sda, and sda1 to sda6. I would have expected to see sdb.
I have also:1) triedsudo lshw -C diskbut only see the primary drive.
2) tried attaching both the SDD and HDD as the secondary drive, but am unable to see them.
3) checked the cables and power sockets on motherboard by changing round the cables, but still unable to see the extra drive.
4) booted up the computer with the above SDD and HDD but have been asked for the floppy boot drive (does not now exist).
A further thing to point out is that the SDD and HDD have been installed with Windows 7. This should not be a problem as the old computer I am using to read the SDD and HDD was dual booted with Windows XP.
Do you have any more suggestions?

      From: Martin via Nottingham <nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk>
 To: Ron Wilton via Nottingham <nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk> 
 Sent: Saturday, 19 November 2016, 20:42
 Subject: Re: [Nottingham] Viewing a second harddrive

Surprised noone has answered yet... It must be the weekend and a bright
sunny day!

On Sat, Nov 19, 2016 at 11:55:01AM +0000, Ron Wilton via Nottingham wrote:
> This document could be one one it two drives: a SanDisk solid state drive; or a Western Digital HDD. Both of these drives have a SATA interface. Unfortunately, this computer does not now work; I believe that the processor is at fault.
> I had hoped to use an old Ubuntu computer to read these drives. I have attached the SSD to the SATA and power cables to act as a second harddrive without success. Can anyone advise me on whether what I am doing is possible, and if so, what else do I need to do?
> Thanks.
> Ron

Yep... You can read multiple HDD/SSD disks like that.

Safest is to shut everyting down and ensure the power is off. Then
attach your second drive with power and SATA, boot up, and then...

You need to "mount" the respective partitions from the second drive.

Look for "mount" or "devices" in the menu options for your desktop or
file manager or 'system menu'. You may see something described as
"/dev/sdb1" or "/dev/sdc1" or some such series of numbers, or some name
that describes the partition that you want. (Your host machine should be
using "/dev/sda1" and a few other "/dev/sda..." for its own disk partitions.

Let us know if you're stuck for finding a walk-through.

(Also, for your HDD, ensure that it is firmly placed horizontally or
virtically. Definitely do not try using it whilst 'dangling' on the
cables! There is a fragile spinning disk inside that chunky metal box!)

Good luck and let us know how you get along,


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