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Old 07-29-2008, 03:50 PM   #1
RadioActiveLamb
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Question How to mount/access external Firewire device


I have a WD My Book 1.5TB drive that I've attached via Firewire. In the "Sysinfo" application that I installed, I see it listed as scsi2, but I don't know how to access it. I want to open it in GNOME, just like I do the file system and other devices. How do I do it? It isn't showing up in "Computer".

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Old 07-29-2008, 04:42 PM   #2
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What file system is the firewire drive formatted with?
What variant Linux are you running (distro and version number)?

I'd expect any Linux variant released within the last few years to mount a firewire drive automatically when it's plugged in.
 
Old 07-29-2008, 04:46 PM   #3
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What have you tried so far, aside from plugging it in?

Does `fdisk -l` show it? If it does, you can mount it like anything else:

Code:
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/drive
Poke around with that and let us know the results. Also, if you are still stuck, try: `cat /proc/partitions` and post the output here.

Last edited by flower.Hercules; 07-29-2008 at 07:55 PM. Reason: Clarified why I suggested /proc/partitions
 
Old 07-29-2008, 04:56 PM   #4
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Forget about using Gnome to do this. Use the command line instead.

First verify that Linux is seeing it properly. Try something like this:

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dmesg | tail
right after you hook up the firewire device. You should get some clue as to how Linux is seeing the device. It should be seen as "/dev/sdb2" or something like that. After you've determined the special device file for the drive you need to create a mount point and then mount it. This is not very hard to do.

A mount point is just a directory so create a new directory:

Quote:
sudo mkdir /some_mount_point
Now you need to mount the partition to the mount point:

Quote:
sudo mount /dev/sdb2 /some_mount_point
The mount command will only be successful if Linux can tell what type of file system is on the partition. If it can't then you might have to specify it (but you probably won't have to do this).

At this point the partition will be mounted and a window will probably pop up on the screen. Irregardless, you can see what's in the directory like this:

Quote:
ls /some_mount_point
Good luck.
 
Old 07-29-2008, 05:08 PM   #5
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Of course commands with 'sudo' at the start will only work if they're using a distro that is set up to use sudo out of the box or if their machine has been set up to allow them to run commands via sudo. Ubuntu is set up in the Mac OS X first user created can run commands as root via sudo style, but not all distros are. (Are any, apart from Ubuntu and it's variants/derivatives?)
 
Old 07-29-2008, 07:19 PM   #6
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Ok, if your user account doesn't have sudo privileges then just become root. (I'm assuming you have root access?). If you want to give a user sudo powers then edit /etc/sudoers with the visudo command--as root of course.

Here's a snippet of my /etc/sudoers file:

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# User privilege specification
root ALL=(ALL) ALL
foo ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL
In this example I have given the user foo all the privileges of root when they sudo. Also, foo doesn't have to provide a password.

I'm not sure what other distros are like Ubuntu with regards to sudo. This isn't really a problem though as it is trivial for the administrator to configure sudo (for the most part).
 
  


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