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i'm running fedora core 5. i have only a 20gb hard drive in my computer (ide), and its a micro atx case (only one internal 3.5" bay). so i wanted more space. i have another 20gb unpartitioned hard drive (ide) that had worked perfectly fine in one of my older computers that i thought i could use externaly, and so i bought this enclosure because it was cheap, and one of its reviews said it would work in linux.
so i got it today, popped my hd in it, and plugged it in ...no recognization. later i figured it shouldnt recognize it because there are no partitions on it. well i tried to follow this guide to get it setup. when i use tail /var/log/messages after plugging the drive in like that guide says, instead of getting something like: kernel: Attached scsi disk sda at scsi1, channel 0, id 0, lun 0 i get various scsi errors. then when i try: /sbin/fdisk /dev/sda it says it cant find /dev/sda (which i guess is because of that error). and after i get to this point i was ready to give up.
does anyone know if this enclosure can work with linux? is this product not working as it should? cause if it is, i would like to know soon so i can return it to newegg and get my money back. if i return it, is there a specific enclosure that will for sure work with linux? i am opting for returning this enclosure and getting a linux supported one. either that, or maybe i should save up a bit more and buy a big hd to replace the 20gb one in my computer, then i dont need an external drive.
External enclosures that work with Mac OS X should work with out any problem in Linux. I suggest buying an IEEE-1394 and USB combo enclosure because IEEE-1394 effective data throughput is a lot higher than USB. IEEE-1394 is ment to be use for data storage while USB is ment to be use for small data transfers.
For my USB enclosure, I normally power it up first and then connect it to the USB cable.
One reviewer said that it takes multiple attempts to have Windows detect it. This should give you alarm to not buy the device. If it takes a lot of attempts for Windows to detect it, Linux will take even more attempts.
is this a good or bad sign? i'm alright with most linux commands, and even figured out how to write a few pointless shell scripts and c programs, but as far as hardware configuration goes in linux i'm lost.
thank you for your help so far.
and Electro -- thanks for the tips about the enclosure, but the one you suggested is a little pricey for me, in that case i would just buy a new hard drive to replace the one inside my computer.
yes! i think its working. i did a little bit more searching on the internet and found this and used that guide in combination with the previous one, and now it mounts as /mnt/usbdrive, i formatted it with ext3, and i think the case is solved!
i have yet to try how this works out if i leave it plugged in when i restart my computer and such, or how smoothly it will mount if i hot plug it in and unplug it.