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Old 02-22-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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Problems mounting external hard drive with OpenSuse


I'm trying to get an external HD to mount on my Dell Laptop running OpenSuse 11.1. When I connect I get the following:

Quote:
dmesg:

usb 1-5: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 4
usb 1-5: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
scsi3 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
usb 1-5: New USB device found, idVendor=0bc2, idProduct=0503
usb 1-5: New USB device strings: Mfr=54, Product=69, SerialNumber=95
usb 1-5: Product: Seagate External Drive
usb 1-5: Manufacturer: Jabil Circuit
usb 1-5: SerialNumber: SW063502865
usb-storage: device found at 4
usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
scsi 3:0:0:0: Direct-Access Seagate External Drive PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 625142448 512-byte hardware sectors: (320 GB/298 GiB)
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 27 00 00 00
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 625142448 512-byte hardware sectors: (320 GB/298 GiB)
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 27 00 00 00
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
sdb: sdb1
sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk
sd 3:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
usb-storage: device scan complete
With a different PC running OpenSuse 11.2 the KDE device notifier pops up when I connect and everything works fine. With the laptop, no such luck. I've tried (as su):

Quote:
linux-oqkw:/home/burn/Documents # mount -t autofs /dev/sdb3 /media/exhd
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb3,
missing codepage or helper program, or other error
(for several filesystems (e.g. nfs, cifs) you might
need a /sbin/mount.<type> helper program)
In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
dmesg | tail or so
But am left scratching my head. I don't think its showing up in the etc/mtab - which i think it is supposed to?
I'm a bit out of my depth here. Any advice would be welcome.
Thanks
 
Old 02-22-2010, 07:16 PM   #2
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Why the -t autofs ?
 
Old 02-22-2010, 07:27 PM   #3
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Because when I tried

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linux-oqkw:/home/burn/Documents # mount /dev/sdb /media/exhd
mount: you must specify the filesystem type
Sorry - I should have mentioned that. I'm not sure what filesystem type to use. I used it originally with a windows PC. I guess I could connect to my other linux box and investigate that information further?
 
Old 02-22-2010, 07:29 PM   #4
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try
Code:
mount /dev/sdb1 /media/exhd
mount /dev/sdb2 /media/exhd
mount /dev/sdb3 /media/exhd
And see if any of them work.
also try fdisk -l /dev/sdb and post the output.
 
Old 02-22-2010, 07:35 PM   #5
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I get
Quote:
linux-oqkw:/home/burn/Documents # mount /dev/sdb1 /media/exhd
mount: you must specify the filesystem type
linux-oqkw:/home/burn/Documents # mount /dev/sdb2 /media/exhd
mount: special device /dev/sdb2 does not exist
linux-oqkw:/home/burn/Documents # mount /dev/sdb3 /media/exhd
mount: special device /dev/sdb3 does not exist
linux-oqkw:/home/burn/Documents # fdisk -l /dev/sdb

Disk /dev/sdb: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x170a8ae2

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 38913 312568641 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
 
Old 02-22-2010, 07:38 PM   #6
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Code:
mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /media/exhd
Should do it.
 
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:46 PM   #7
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You beauty! Sorted - many thanks.

All the best with your OS project. I had a quick look at your posts. I'm probably not going to dabble myself - just want to upgrade to OpenSuse 11.2 (with its automount of this harddrive) and press on.

Cheers again from Oxford.
 
Old 02-22-2010, 07:48 PM   #8
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Your welcome.
 
  


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