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Hda vs hdb vs hd*

  1. Dec 10, 2006 #1
    So I got into an argument with a buddy over the following:
    I originally inserted a hard drive into my system and it was labeled hda, what i hadn't notice was that it was on the master pin setting
    now when i switched the pin to the slave setting and rebooted it showed it as hdb
    are the two related? or completely unrelated and just a coincedence?
    how does the file system see the different pin selections (if it sees it at all)?
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  3. Dec 11, 2006 #2


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    There is nothing wrong there. This is a naming convention that linux uses to assign labels to IDE drives.

    hda primary master
    hdb primary slave
    hdc secondary master
    hdd secondary slave
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