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It's quite simple, really. If you want partitions and devices such as zip/cd media included in the locatedb, the partitions must be mounted at the time updatedb is run; the media must be in the drive and mounted if you want it (them) included in the locatedb.
Having said that, if you want files from /mnt/bdrive/this/that/and/so/on included in the locatedb, then /mnt/bdrive must be mounted when the updatedb command is run. If it is not mounted, updatedb won't see it, and won't include it in the locatedb.