Re: [OT] Re: [PARPORT] parallel port HD

From: Al Crowley (
Date: Mon Aug 27 2001 - 10:01:59 EDT

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    The Backpack hard drive in question has a Fat32 partition already
    setup on it. You can simply use the command to mount this type of
    partition w/o changing the file system.


    At 08:06 PM 8/24/2001 -0400, Kipp Cannon wrote:
    >On Fri, 24 Aug 2001, Tim Waugh wrote:
    >> > When this procedure was followed, the command modprobe pd gave no
    >> > info, it merely returned a prompt on the next line. (When this was
    >> > described to M-S, the reply was that I was in X or some other
    >> > GUI. (But I had logged in as root.) M-S suggested addressing my
    >> > question to the Parport Mailing List.
    >> > So the question is: How does one make the BPHD accessible to Linux?
    >> Once you have loaded the pd module, it is just a case of mounting the
    >> disk with the mount command. I expect it will be something like
    >> mkdir /mnt/disk
    >> mount /dev/pda /mnt/disk
    >But if the disk hasn't been used before then you'll have create a
    >filesystem on the drive before mounting it. When using Windows, this
    >procedure is referred to as "initializing" the disk.
    >The Linux utility used to make a filesystem is called "mkfs" and to
    >prepare the drive for use with Linux you'll need to do something like
    >mkfs -t ext2 /dev/pda
    >which writes an "ext2" file system on the disk. Then you can mount it.
    >HOWEVER: doing this will (i) erase any files you currently have on the
    >disk and (ii) mean that the disk can only be used with Linux systems
    >(until you "initialize" it again). So definitely don't do anything like
    >that until you've read whatever documentation you can find on "mkfs" and
    >"mount" and learned about the features offered by different file systems.
    >After you've decided what your particular situation needs *then* you can
    >do the above ;-).
    >Good luck.
    > -Kipp
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