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I just picked up a Dell PowerEdge 850. I got Debian Weezy installed on a 160gb sata drive no big deal. Once I got everything running smoothly, I hooked up my 2TB Hitachi drive loaded via windows with all my media. However, it never shows up in fdisk, or /dev/disk/by-uuid.

I've tried other sata ports and cables, and the Dell picks up the drive in the BIOS, so I know it's there. It's also spinning, but Debian just will not mount it.

Any ideas?

Thanks.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Callist0 View Post

I just picked up a Dell PowerEdge 850. I got Debian Weezy installed on a 160gb sata drive no big deal. Once I got everything running smoothly, I hooked up my 2TB Hitachi drive loaded via windows with all my media. However, it never shows up in fdisk, or /dev/disk/by-uuid.

I've tried other sata ports and cables, and the Dell picks up the drive in the BIOS, so I know it's there. It's also spinning, but Debian just will not mount it.

Any ideas?

Thanks.

install ntfs-3g and then post the output of
Code:
sudo fdisk -l
post #3 of 16
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I keep getting this error after running
Code:
sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g

W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/tigon/tg3_tso5.bin for module tg3
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/tigon/tg3_tso.bin for module tg3
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/tigon/tg3.bin for module tg3
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Originally Posted by Callist0 View Post

I keep getting this error after running
Code:
sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g

W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/tigon/tg3_tso5.bin for module tg3
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/tigon/tg3_tso.bin for module tg3
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/tigon/tg3.bin for module tg3

Have you added the non-free repos?

A quick Google of that error message shows the solution: http://blog.noviantech.com/2010/06/23/debian-kernels-and-tigon-tg3-firmware/

Just make sure you add lines specific for wheezy (as that document was written for Squeeze). ie:
Code:
deb http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free
deb-src http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ wheezy main contrib non-free
post #5 of 16
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doh.gif sorry for the noob move of not googling...

anyway here's what i got after installing the firmware.
The other drive is 2TB

Code:
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00078fdf

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1            2048     3905535     1951744   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda2   *     3905536   312580095   154337280   83  Linux
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Can you output the following please
Code:
dmesg | egrep "sd[a-f]"
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Code:
dmesg | egrep "sd[a-f]"
[    1.060484] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 312581808 512-byte logical blocks: (160 GB/149 GiB)
[    1.060541] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
[    1.060550] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 06 00 00 00
[    1.060651] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: disabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[    1.105325]  sda: sda1 sda2
[    1.105925] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Attached SCSI removable disk
[    4.198867] EXT4-fs (sda2): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. Opts: (null)
[   10.966880] Adding 1951740k swap on /dev/sda1.  Priority:-1 extents:1 across:1951740k 
[   10.992653] EXT4-fs (sda2): re-mounted. Opts: (null)
[   11.272270] EXT4-fs (sda2): re-mounted. Opts: errors=remount-ro
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You're definitely seeing the device in your BIOS? Is this drive plugged into a expansion card / etc? It looks as if Linux isn't even detecting that a drive exists, so I'm wondering if it's a driver issue - but I've honestly never come across problem before. The only other thing I could think of is maybe this is a BIOS bug, in which case check your motherboard serial number and see if there's a BIOS update available that fixes this bug.
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You're definitely seeing the device in your BIOS? Is this drive plugged into a expansion card / etc? It looks as if Linux isn't even detecting that a drive exists, so I'm wondering if it's a driver issue - but I've honestly never come across problem before. The only other thing I could think of is maybe this is a BIOS bug, in which case check your motherboard serial number and see if there's a BIOS update available that fixes this bug.

Time to sound stupid but according to this link 500GB is the max SATA connected drives and 600 is the max SCSI:
https://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/pedge/en/850_specs.pdf

If he has that model Dell may specifically crippled the board somehow?

NOT to hijack but I also have a BIOS based mobo (3+ years old ASUS model for a self build) and while I can see the drives in Linux it takes about 10 minutes to POST for my board to recognize any combination of HDD/SSD that is greater than 1.5TB and 3 drives. In windows any drive that would make the total capacity greater than 1.5TB doesn't even show up. So, is this a BIOS with SATA/ESATA limit or just intentional limits made by cheapo manufacturers that OP and I face?
     
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yeah it goes through an expansion card (RAID type card). USB sticks get detected. I plugged the drive directly into the motherboard (it has two ports for it) and still no luck. I'll look for a bios update, thanks.
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