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Old 12-29-2006, 03:20 PM   #1
gameboypckt
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Try to mount USB drive: Computer can't find /dev/sda1


Hello, totally confused Linux newbie here.

Try'n to mount my USB drive, running Fedora Core 1. So I plug my drive into the computer, and go to the "Hardware Browser" and under the "Hard Drives" section it says this:
Quote:
Device Start End Size(MB) Type
/dev/hda

hda1 1 1275 10001 ntfs
hda2 1276 1288 102 ext3
hda3 1289 4637 26270 ext3
hda4 4638 4865 1788 Extended

hda5 4638 4865 1788 linux-swap
I'm not seeing /dev/sda1 anywhere. I added my jumpdrive to my fstab anyways like this:
Quote:
/dev/sda1 /mnt/usbdrive auto defaults,users,noauto 0 0
And of course when I try to mount it, it tells me that "Nautilus was unable t mount the volume" because "mount: /dev/sda1 is not a valid block device"

The above method worked great on another computer running RedHat 9, so what am I doing wrong?
Any help would be really cool, thanks in advance.
 
Old 12-29-2006, 03:38 PM   #2
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Maybe the drive is not /dev/sda
Remove the USB drive from the system.

Open a Shell
tail -f /var/log/messages
Plug in the USB drive

Watch as the system identifies the device and assigns it a sdx indicator..

the first SATA or USB Memory device will grab sda. a Card reader will usually grab sda, sdb, sdc, sdd, so your usb drive could be /dev/sde1 in that case.. Watching the message log is truly the easiest way to figure it out..
 
Old 12-29-2006, 04:04 PM   #3
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Two other ways to discover the correct device:

'udevmonitor' (as root) is another way you can monitor device creation. It will show you exactly which devices are created or removed as it happens.

'cat /proc/partitions' will show you all the physical partitions your system has access to, and it can usually be accessed by all users.
 
Old 02-06-2007, 02:07 PM   #4
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Ok, did the tail -f /var/log/messages, here's what I got:

Quote:
su(pam_unix) [19477]: session closed for user root
su(pam_unix) [19552]: session opened for user root by gameboypckt(uid=500)
kernel: hub.c: new USB device 00:0f.2-2, assigned address 6
Five seconds later
kernel: usb_control/bulk_msg: timeout
kernel: usb-ohci.c: unlink URB timeout
kernel: usb.c: USB device not accepting new address=6 (error=-110)
kernel: hub.c: new USB device 00:0f.2-2, assigned address 7
Five seconds later
kernel: usb_control/bulk_msg: timeout
kernel: usb-ohci.c: unlink URB timeout
kernel: usb.c: USB device not accepting new address=7 (error=-110)
Now what?
 
Old 02-06-2007, 07:36 PM   #5
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Now you update to a newer version of Fedora, preferably running a 2.6 kernel. 2.4 and below has issues with some USB chipsets.

(How did you end up with FC1 anyway, if you're new? o.O)
 
Old 02-07-2007, 09:05 AM   #6
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Lol, 'k thanks. The box needed to be formatted anyways.

(FC1 came with a how-to Linux book)
 
  


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