Newbie question - cannot add new disk

Oliver Iberien oliver-mailinglist at
Sat Apr 22 09:23:32 UTC 2006

Thanks for your interest in this.

A large part of the problem was in fact a bad cable.

I went back and forth between the command line and sysinstall. They seem not 
to do the same things. It did seem to me that the disklabel in sysinstall and 
the disklabel command-line tool did not necessarily produce labels that were 
mutually intelligible. It looks also as if when writing with disklabel in 
sysinstall, one of the newly created slices has to be highlighted, something 
not made clear in the Handbook. I ended up making partitions instead of 
slices, as disklabel did not like what the sysinstall-disklabel produced. 
Also, the fdisk tool in sysinstall did not always wipe and create new 
partition entries -- it sometimes just appended new ones, although that is 
not what it displayed. I needed dd to actually wipe the table and start anew.

This seemed to continue despite the new cable. However, I am not exactly a 
reliable observer, being, as stated, very new to BSD. 


On Monday 17 April 2006 09:14, Alex de Kruijff wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 16, 2006 at 01:40:09PM -0700, Oliver Iberien wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have been trying to add a second IDE hard drive. I can't seem to get it
> > mounted, or to get what I put into sysinstall and what comes out when I
> > use the command line to agree.
> Are you using the command line interface or sysinstall to configure the
> disk? This is not clear to me. If you tried sysinstall did it give any
> errors about the geometry? What did you do at that point?

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