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I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS inside a VM running on VMware Workstation 8.0.4.

When I try to view the disks attached to the machine by their ID nothing shows up but the CD-ROM drive. I listing the disk by running ls -la /dev/disk/by-id

I need a way to uniquely identify the disk so I create a ZFS pool to test. They recommend disk by-id but anything would work I guess.

Any idea how I can get something to work?

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ls -la /dev/disk/by-uuid/

Also running the following (as root), will print the UUID of a certain partition:

blkid /dev/sda0
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It only shows me the IDs of partitions, I need IDs or physical disks. The disks are unformatted. I am starting to think this problem may be something with VMware. –  ianc1215 Jul 30 '12 at 15:17
Physical disk's don't have UUID AFAIK. –  Hugo Jul 30 '12 at 18:12
I found this Suse support article that I think might explain what my problem is. When I get off work I will give this a try. –  ianc1215 Jul 30 '12 at 18:42

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