my kernel won't recognize ide drives

Jan-Christoph Bornschlegel trollfood at
Fri Mar 19 02:01:23 PDT 2010

William Immendorf schrieb:
> On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 2:24 PM, Scott Kopel <skopel at> wrote:
>> So the question is what kernel configuration changes do I have to make to get the kernel to recognize my ide drives? I realize that new kernels name ide drives sdx and that's fine. I don't need them to be labeled hdx. I simply want them to be recognized by the kernel.
> Look in Device Drivers-> Sereal ATA and Parallel ATA drivers, and you
> should see PATA and SATA drivers. Enable one that matches your hard
> disk controller, or just enable "Generic ATA Support".

What I usually do in those cases is matching the output of "hwinfo" 
against the help texts in the menuconfig.

I had a special case here because I use a PCI PATA controller card with 
additional drives which needs a different driver than the onboard 
controllers, and these two drivers use different naming schemes, so I 
ended up having hda and sda/sdb, which spoiled grub's menu.lst entries a 
little. So just in case, when booting and unsure which drive has what 
number, use the tab expansion in the grub interactive shell.


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