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Furthermore, I installed KDE knowing it was easier to get desktop icons inserted and I got all my devices neatly entered with proper icons and labels. KDE has a nice Create New Link to device in it's mouse drop down curtain on the desktop.
Adding the 1's put it all in place. (It's trial and error for me, not knowing a heck of a lot about devices and blocks)
The 1's are partition numbers. A hard drive can be subdivided into partitions. There is lots of info on the web but in a nutshell an IDE hard drive can be divided into 64 partitions. The first 4 are called primary partitions and all others are logical. In order to create logical partitions one of the primaries is designated an extended partition.
The following command will list the partitions of hda
fdisk -l /dev/hda (that is a small L and you must be root)
/dev/hdb1 /media/hdb1 auto rw,user,auto 0 0
This is better.
/dev/hdb1 /media/hdb1 ext3 defaults,user 0 1
See man pages for mount and fstab but
No need to use auto since you know it is formatted as ext3. The 1 at the end means the filesystem will be periodically checked automatically.
using defaults,user means
defaults rw, suid, dev, exec, auto, nouser, and async.
user overrides defaults nouser