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Old 04-02-2004, 02:29 PM   #1
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external hard drive mounting

my laptop had to be sent in for repairs so the only computer i'm currently able to use is a software mod-ed XBox running Xebian (basically Debian). I have an external harddrive in that mounts with the vfat type. i also have a modified xbox controller that allows one or two usb devices to be plugged into it (since the controller is a usb hub). when using either Redhat 9 or Mandrake 9.2 in the past, i've been able to mount the drive fine and it has been found under /dev/sda1. under xebian (with the drive plugged in through the modified controller) it doesn't see anything for /dev/sda1. i know the controller/usb-hub works because i can use a keyboard or mouse through it without a problem. what other device name might be assigned to this device?

-oh, and the console does display a message noticing something has been plugged in when the drive is attached or powered up, but it doesn't include the appropriate listing under /dev.
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"what other device name might be assigned to this device?"

It might be among /dev/usb/*

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i'd guess you do not have the correct modules loaded, sd_mod, usb_storage etc... when you plug the drive in, run dmesg to see how far it gets in terms of recognising it.
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install sg3-utils. Then use

to see you what usb/scsi devices you have installed and what device they are


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