This is my first post. I am happy to be using this great product.
I was using LMCE7.10 and then bought a new hard disc drive, removed the LMCE7.10 hdd, installed LMCE8.10 on the new hdd. Things are working well.
I then attached the old hdd and it auto-mounted all right. I believe I chose the option that remember my choice and mount it every time. I then copied all my video to the new hdd (I want to use the older one exclusively for recording TV shows).
As I understand it, LinuxMCE requires that MythTV recordings, live or otherwise, must occur on the drive LinuxMCE is installed on. Any changes to this schema will be overwritten.
I now wanted to reformat (delete all LMCE7.10 partitions, create only one and format).. However, it would not allow me to do so, since it was already mounted. I therefore disconnected it, and attached it to a Windows pc and deleted all the partitions. Next, I attached it to LMCE8.10, created a primary partition, created ext3 file system, and then it was auto-detected. I chose to use it for recording TV shows.
This time LinuxMCE autodetected this drive as sda1, and all my LMCE8.10 partitions are sdb1, sdb6 etc. My boot partition, swap etc partitions now became sdb* instead of sda*. Also, all the media files that are required by LinuxMCE (setup videos of sarah etc) are now available to me in Video folder!
I would, if I were you, attach that drive back to windows and delete all partitions. Then re-attach to the core and boot. I would then enter the web admin, and at the bottom of the left frame choose "Show device tree". Find the 2nd drive under Core, click it, choose "Delete Device" at the header of the main frame.
Then enter the KDE desktop, open a terminal and install gparted.
sudo apt-get install gparted
Click the "start" button/applications/settings/partition manager. Then just format the whole drive as XFS.
Reboot the machine.
After a bit (don't be impatient), the system will detect the drive and ask you if you want to use it. Say yes. Use LinuxMCE directory structure. Automatically use. TV will have to live on the boot drive.