System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems

x86: Adding a System Disk or a Secondary Disk (Task Map)

The following task map identifies the procedures for adding a disk to an x86 based system.



For Instructions 

1. Connect the disk and boot. 

System Disk

Connect the new disk and boot from a local or remote Solaris CD or DVD.  

x86: How to Connect a System Disk


Secondary Disk

Connect the new disk and perform a reconfiguration boot so that the system will recognize the disk.  

x86: How to Connect a Secondary Disk and Boot

2. (Optional) Change the fdisk partition identifier.

The Solaris 10 fdisk partition identifier on x86 systems has been changed from 130 (0x82) to 191 (0xbf).

You can use a new fdisk menu option to switch back and forth between the new and old identifier.

How to Change the Solaris fdisk Identifier

3. Create slices and label the disk. 

Create disk slices and label the disk if the disk manufacturer has not already done so.  

x86: How to Create a Solaris fdisk Partition and x86: How to Create Disk Slices and Label a Disk

4. Create file systems. 

Create UFS file systems on the disk slices with the newfs command. You must create the root (/) or /usr file system (or both) for a system disk.

x86: How to Create File Systems

5. Restore file systems. 

Restore the root (/) or /usr file system (or both) on the system disk. If necessary, restore file systems on the secondary disk.

Chapter 27, Restoring UFS Files and File Systems (Tasks)

6. Install boot block. 

System Disk Only. Install the boot block on the root (/) file system so that the system can boot.

x86: How to Install a Boot Block on a System Disk