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finding a internal harddrive after bios

asked 2017-05-10 17:27:10 -0500

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updated 2017-05-10 18:16:43 -0500

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so I have this laptop that has a broken screen.

the hard drive has some password protect virus that loads before windows starts. it needs to be formatted and replaced with fedora.

it is hooked up to a tv. I have also tried a old projector with no difference

by mashing del and F2 I am able to get to the bios

I can make out the word aptio when in the bios this is aptio setup utility bios

in the bios fn+F7 and fn+F8 does not work and their is no way for me to see the bios

the aptio has a complicated and visually dependent boot order set up.
changing the boot order blind I have not found how to do.

when I get to a operating system the TV does display, even the virus's enter password prompt

I have a fedora 23 live usb

by physically removing the hard drive from the laptop. it loads the fedora usb.

when I put the hard drive back in while fedora is running. fedora dose not see the hard drive.

'#' ls /dev/sd* their is no sdb

fdisk -l does not see the hard drive

I have tried shoving the hard drive in while it is booting but after many attempts I do not think that will work.

I found this mention of hwbrowser

but it says no package hwbrowser available

so how do I have fedora scan for a new internal hard drive.

I am a newb to linux so assume that I have not tried the basic thing that everyone knows.

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Welcome to ask.fedora! Your link was mangled, so I edited your question just enough to make it work. Following it, I see that this leads to a tutorial for Fedora 13, meaning that it's years out of date, and hwbrowser doesn't seem to be part of Fedora now. (BTW, the two currently supported versions are 24 and 25.) Have you tried putting the drive into an external case and mounting it via USB?

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2017-05-10 18:22:00 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-05-11 13:43:19 -0500

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You don't need hwbrowser.

Some hardware does not support hot plugging, meaning that a disk can only be detected at boot. This might be the case here.

In this case you might need to change the boot order in your BIOS. It is usually located under a section named "boot". You should be able to add/remove single items or reorder a list of items.

Also, since you are new to Linux and Fedora, how about using the "disks" application? that should be enough. If a device does not show up there, it probably has not been detected by the hardware.

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I considered suggesting that, but if I'm not mistaken, that's a Gnome program, and some of us don't run Gnome. (Yes, it's the default, and a good guess if the poster isn't sure, but I'd rather not make that kind of assumption.) Also, you make a good point about hot plugging, which is why I mentioned using an external case, because USB does support it.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2017-05-11 14:47:29 -0500 )edit

Oh, thanks for clarification! And yes, Disks is a GNOME application.

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2017-05-11 14:56:45 -0500 )edit

you can install gnome-disk-utility or if using KDE kdisk

jlozadad gravatar imagejlozadad ( 2017-05-11 15:00:20 -0500 )edit

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