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Old 03-10-2009, 03:40 AM   #1
iqbala
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External hard drive USB 2.0 Verbatim


I just bought the following external hard drive, to use as a back-up system

http://www.verbatim.it/it_10/product...0gb_12295.html

I just can't use it. I plug it in, it seems to get mounted all right, I can see what files are on it (there is a pre-installed NERO for windows) but I can't write to it.

When I try to copy a file onto it, it creates the file name, the transfer window pops up, but it stays "stalled" (showing the transfer at 0% for an infinite time).

I thought that any external hard drive were compatible with Linux. Am I wrong?

(I must add that it works fine on windows)

I am running a Penthium III machine with Kubuntu 7.
 
Old 03-10-2009, 07:36 AM   #2
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did you format the drive. If not you will have problems as a new drive it will come as blank dos file system. if you have formatted it please check the kubuntu slow transfer speed usb drive. make sure the user has disk permission.

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Old 03-10-2009, 09:08 AM   #3
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Looks like the drive is NTFS formatted (if it's working fine on win) and can be mounted in read only mode. Maybe try to remount the drive using ntfs-3g driver, which will give you read/write access.
Code:
 mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt/whatever
assuming your drive is /dev/sdb
 
  


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