Thank-you to both @fohdeesha and @sean for this - indeed, my old Thinkpad did have a /dev/sdb device attached. I was troubleshooting a flash drive which I suspected to be failing and it was attached!
Thanks guys. You've got to love IT ;)
I have a question about what looks like read errors on the Flash.
Screenie below is from an overnight Minicom session to a 6430-24 (as you might be able to tell from the prompt!).
Should I be worried ? Should I run an fsck at the boot prompt? Pray to @fohdeesha? :)
One thing that confuses me is how one arrives at the optics part numbers from the official Brocade part numbers.
For example, referring to @fohdeesha's datasheet on the 6450, I see Brocade part number 10G-SFPP-SR (a 10GBASE-SR, SFP+ optic, LC, 300 m over multimode fibre optic).
Interesting to note several people's comments on G-Electronic from eBay. I wasn't sure they would ship my 7250's to the UK since the description notes (somewhat emphatically) that they don't ship International (or APO/DPO).
But I received shipping info earlier...lets hope the packing is up...
Well after perusing this somewhat longish :) thread and being in need of some networking gear for our new house, I finally bit the bullet and got one 6450-48P. I admit I was a little bit concerned when I first powered it on and all fans ramped to max :D
That one will go on the 1st floor and...