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 Newbie to fBSD needs help
Author: Dennis H. Leopold 
Date:   23-11-00 11:58

Hello, thought I'd get out of the linux/windows rut and try something
new so I installed freebsd 4.2-rc2. So far I've recompiled my kernel
to get sound working, got x and kde up, and such. But, now I need
to get a second hard drive mounted. I couldn't afford screwing
it up so I disconected the drive from the ide cable during the install
(I have an unfounded fear of fdisk). I was able to figure out how
to mount my ntfs partition on the second drive this evening/morning
using mount -t ntfs /dev/ad1s1c /mnt, however I can not get my three
vfat partions to mount (using mount -t msdos and then followed by
the various ad1s1x to ad1s2x etc where x=a-h). In the last day
or so of using freebsd I must admit that I"m quite impressed, my
computer screems, it never seemed to be this fast under Mandrake
7.0-7.2. Thanks in advance for any help.
Dennis H. Leopold

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 RE: Newbie to fBSD needs help
Author: Dan Langille 
Date:   23-11-00 19:33

I guess you've read

FWIW: I went to and searched for vfat. I found "Installing and Using FreeBSD With Other Operating Systems"

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 RE: Newbie to fBSD needs help
Author: Dennis H. Leopold 
Date:   24-11-00 01:41

When I wrote my first message it was nearly 4am and I had been monkeying around with my machine for several hours by that time. I will go into more detail now. Rather than dual booting from a single drive I have two that I swap out by hand (I use an 'eagles nest'). I have windows on one drive and now freebsd on the second (three drives total). The drive that is permanantly mounted inside the computer is my old windows drive that I now use for backup and such. It has four partitions on it. The first is a ntfs partition, which used to be my w2k install (before I had a dedicated drive for windows2k), it has most of my home work and stuff on it now, the second third and fourth are all vfat partitions that I made when I used the drive with win98. I can mount my ntfs partition by issuing the following command 'mount -t ntfs /dev/ad1s1c /mnt' I discovered this through trial and error, using MAKEDEV to make the devices for the second drive (heh, I saw that my fBSD drive was ad0 so I figured ad1 would be the second drive). I thought it would be logical that I could mount my vfat partions by trying to mount them as ad1s1d or e or f, etc. then I tried ad1s2a then b then c, etc to no avail (I figured the vfat partitions would be the second 'slice' but honestly I have no idea what to do at this point, even after reading the docs in the previous post.
Thanks for the help. I'm not ready to give up on this yet.

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 RE: Newbie to fBSD needs help
Author: Dennis H. Leopold 
Date:   24-11-00 01:45

I forgot to mention I get the following error message for any of the partitions I try (replace s1c with s2c etc.):
msdos: /dev/ad1s1c Invalid Argument.

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 I'm and id10t.
Author: Dennis H. Leopold 
Date:   24-11-00 01:51

Problem solved. Thanks for the help. The Turkey must have kicked in.

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 RE: I'm and id10t.
Author: Dan Langille 
Date:   24-11-00 03:43

What was the solution!?

Don't leave us not knowing. Others will have the same problem and your solution will help them.

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 RE: I'm an id10t.
Author: Dennis H. Leopold 
Date:   24-11-00 05:44

I reread the docs that you linked to in your first post.

sh MAKEDEV ad1s5 then the same for ad1s6 etc. I have to do that sometimes :-)

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