External Hard Disks
The 20GB hard disk inside the Acer isn't quite big enough for me, and doesn't really allow for any redundancy. I bought an external case for a HDD. This connects to the laptop through the IEEE1394 (firewire) port. I put an existing 60GB (ATA) disk into this.
In order to use the SBP2 device (the hard disk), we need to insert some modules into
the kernel. I did this by editing the
/etc/modules file. I added the
The details of what this does can be found in the .c file for the sbp2 driver.
The SBP2 device is a scsi device. In the external case it is an ATA drive but
the driver talks to it through scsi. Hence my two paritions on the external
disk are known as
In order to allow these to be mounted easily, I added the following two lines
/dev/sda1 /external1 vfat rw,noexec,user,noauto,nodev,async,umask=000,quiet 0
I also created the directories
/dev/sda2 /external2 vfat rw,noexec,user,noauto,nodev,async,umask=000,quiet 0