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Old 09-28-2005, 05:59 AM   #1
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External USB Hard Disk

How can I view an external USB hard disk formatted by Windows XP (FAT) using Mandrake 10.1??

Any help appreciated.

Old 09-28-2005, 06:19 AM   #2
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You have to mount it.

First issue "mount" command to see wheather it is already mounted.

If it is not mounted, create a directory. This is where you would access your drive. This could be something like /mnt/xp

Get to a terminal as root. Try this
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/xp
Here I assume your device file for the USB hard disk is /dev/sda1

If everything went successfully, you would be able to view it under /mnt/xp

Note: See the following post by okmyx too

Last edited by SkyEye; 09-28-2005 at 06:44 AM.
Old 09-28-2005, 06:35 AM   #3
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Plug it in and check your 'dmesg' output to see if the kernel regonizes the device.

Although Mandrake should auto-mount a usb device particularly seeing as it is FAT formatted.


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