[SATLUG] Hard Drive Designations

Steev Klimaszewski threeway at gmail.com
Mon Jun 23 22:52:06 CDT 2014

Typically the boot device is designated as sda, whether it's IDE or SATA,
so that's definitely odd.  In the grand scheme of things, as long as your
fstab is set up correctly and boot arguments are also correct, it doesn't
particularly matter the name of the device.

I.E you could tell it in your bootargs that root=/dev/sdb2 and in your
fstab you'd have something like

/dev/sdb1 /boot
/dev/sdb2 /
/dev/sda1 /media

Obviously that's incomplete, but regardless, it should work fine.  As to
how some other distros do it, I'm not sure.

On Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM, Alan Lesmerises <alesmerises at satx.rr.com>

> I have a system that I want to use as a media center.  It has 2 hard
> drives installed: one is IDE that I want to use as the primary -- OS, apps,
> minimal user data, & media that won't change much over time (e.g., music
> library, etc.), and the other is a SATA drive that I want to use for DVR
> recordings, video downloads, etc.  The IDE drive is also designated as the
> boot drive in the BIOS.
> I want the IDE drive to also be designated as the primary in the device
> names as "sda", and the SATA to be "sdb".  But whenever I boot into Linux,
> either from a live CD or when I install a distro, it designates the drives
> the other way around.
> Is there a way to switch these designations either during the install
> process or after the fact?
> TIA.
> Al Lesmerises
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