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Old 09-14-2009, 10:01 PM   #1
paulneil
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External USB Simpledrive 1TB not working with Opensuse 11.0


I have recently purchased a 1TB external USB Simpledrive. When I plug in the USB I get a popup window from KDE:

- KDE Daemon detected, Medium Type: unmounted Removable Medium

I then get another popup window which says:

- mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdg1, missing codepage or helper program, or other error In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try dmesg | tail or so

I have spent a week now now trying to figure out what is the issue and trying to learn console commands but I've become disillusioned with how complicated Linux is to learn. FYI, the USB hard drive runs fine when I plug the USB into my Windows XP computer. I called up SimpleTech to see if they will help but they only support Windows or Macs.


Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Paul
 
Old 09-15-2009, 03:38 PM   #2
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I have recently purchased a 1TB external USB Simpledrive. When I plug in the USB I get a popup window from KDE:

- KDE Daemon detected, Medium Type: unmounted Removable Medium

I then get another popup window which says:

- mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdg1, missing codepage or helper program, or other error In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try dmesg | tail or so

I have spent a week now now trying to figure out what is the issue and trying to learn console commands but I've become disillusioned with how complicated Linux is to learn. FYI, the USB hard drive runs fine when I plug the USB into my Windows XP computer. I called up SimpleTech to see if they will help but they only support Windows or Macs.


Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Paul
If there isn't anything important on the drive, e.g. if you are willing to erase it, why not configure it with a Linux filesystem, just to see if this helps?

1. Open a root shell.

2. Type "tail -f /var/log/messages"

3. Plug in the USB drive.

4. The "messages" display will reveal which device node has been assigned to the drive. Write this down (and don't make a mistake -- it's critical that you get this value right). It will look something like /dev/sdg1, but this is only an example.

5. Type "umount (devicepath)", using the device path name acquired in step (4). SPELLING NOTE: it's "umount" not "unmount". The system might respond by saying the device isn't mounted, that's OK.

6. Type "mkfs (devicepath)". This command will create a Linux filesystem on the USB drive. This might take a few minutes -- be patient.

7. When step (6) is finished, unplug and replug the USB drive. See what happens.

You should only consider this procedure if there's nothing on the drive you want to keep -- it ERASES the drive's contents.

Also, if this procedure fails, it might mean there's no Linux driver for your drive, or it's not installed by default. You can deal with this by searching the Web for a driver using the device's make and model.
 
Old 09-15-2009, 06:43 PM   #3
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Format External Hard Drive

Really appreciate your help.

I need the external hard drive to write both when I'm connected to Opensuse and when I'm running Windows XP. Will this work for both systems?

Thanks

Paul
 
  


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