second ide hard drive - toast?

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Tue May 6 16:03:28 PDT 2003

Redmond Militante <r-militante at> writes:

> on my home computer, i was mounting a second ide hdd using this line in my fstab
> /dev/ad1c               /mnt/drive2     ufs     rw              1       1
> i tried to boot the machine today, it hung while trying to mount /dev/ad1c.  i tried fsck, it couldn't read the drive.  only way i could get the machine to boot was to uncomment the above fstab line.
> when i run dmesg, it shows me ad0 but not ad1.  i try to run 'fdisk /dev/ad1' or 'fdisk /dev/ad1c' and i get the message 'device not configured'
> did this drive just die on me?  any tips on how to recover?

If it's not detected at all, it's likely to be a controller or cable
failure.  Check those things first, since they're less of a problem to
solve.  [Or, conversely, put the disk in another machine to see if
it's okay.]

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