System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems

ProcedureHow to Add a New Removable Media Drive

Generally, most modern bus types support hot-plugging. If your system's bus type supports hot-plugging, you might only need to do step 5 below. If your system's bus type does not support hot-plugging, you might have to do the following tasks, which are described in steps 1-6 below.

For more information about hot-plugging devices, see Chapter 6, Dynamically Configuring Devices (Tasks).

  1. Become superuser.

  2. Create the /reconfigure file.

    # touch /reconfigure
  3. Bring the system to run level 0.

    # init 0
  4. Turn off power to the system.

  5. Connect the new media drive.

    See your hardware handbook for specific instructions.

  6. Turn on power to the system.

    The system automatically comes up to multiuser mode.