Newbie added ide windows drive and firefox upgrade

Asked by Stephen (Steve) A. Landers on 2006-01-21

Need procedure to get OS to discover newly added 40Gbyte IDE drive with Windows content. Jumpers correct on drives and BIOS already reports drive presence. I'm new to Linux with AIX, HP-UX, and Solaris experience but cannot locate command strings for Linux to list, discover, and install new devices. Once I have it available, can you link me to another procedure to allow me to mount and access the files? Will it require me to use Samba? I'm still trying to get comfortable with Linux.

I've also had difficulties upgrading Firefox. I've gone through the downloads and then the instructions fail to walk me through what I need to do to actually get 1.5 or 1.7 to work.

Thanks for your help in advance.

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I just found the link for the drive:
which helped me to list and mount the drive. Apparently it's partitioned W95 Fat32, W95 Ext'd (LBA), and W95 Fat32. The link gave instructions on mounting and configuring the fstab for Fat32 but failed to show steps for Ext'd (LBA). I'll look for man page entries for mount and fstab but those of you with greater experience, please feel free to offer instructions that I'm likely to need. I usually find what I seek after I ask for help. Thanks!

Emmet Hikory (persia) said : #2

linux doesn't specifically differentiate between primary and extended partitions. From the above, it sounds like there are three partitions on the drive: you will need to add a line to /etc/fstab for each partition.

    If you are unsure which partitions are being used on your drive, you could use a tool such as gparted to determine this. Be careful not to save any changes if the data on the drive is important.

    As for firefox, the easiest solution is to use the version supplied with your version of Ubuntu. For upgrades you may find useful information at, but please note that this will not be supported as well as the default versions.

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