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Old 08-19-2005, 05:00 PM   #1
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external disks and linux

im about to buy a external/mobile harddrive but i cant figure out witch one will work best for a linux computer. have in mind im runing Debian Etch atm. kernel can always recompile if needed.

there are a few to choose between, and 4 ways to connect with the external HDD:

for SATA and FW i will need a PCI card to connect the HDD to my computer.. is there support for this in linux kernel? and does all 4 ways work in linux?

when i read about the diffrent external drives it says "works with PC and Mac" or something like this.. "installation programs for Windoze and Mac" nothing about any modules or anything for linux!? can you get an external driver to work anyway? if so.. how?

if any of you know anything about this or know an external HDD that work good with linux (or maby all does?), please post.
SATA or ethernet would be great tho.. fastest transfer between computer and HDD (or is firewire 800 faster then 10/100 ethernet?)

BTW ive read some say the external HDD's crash alot.. true/false?
(that might be a windoze thingy ^^)

TIA, czon

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Old 08-19-2005, 05:14 PM   #2
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I use the LaCie 160GB USB2.0 Desktop Hard Drive ( 300700U ) P3 design, and it works with Ubuntu 5.04 and Mepis 3.3.1.
Old 08-19-2005, 10:26 PM   #3
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Originally posted by aysiu
I use the LaCie 160GB USB2.0 Desktop Hard Drive ( 300700U ) P3 design, and it works with Ubuntu 5.04 and Mepis 3.3.1.
Thanks aysiu ok, usb/usb2.0 works.. but still many questions remains. please give me a hand here guys
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no1 here using external hdds or know anything about em?
Old 08-23-2005, 05:42 AM   #5
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What do you want to know?

So long as your kernel has support for USB, SCSI, and removable media (Which it almost certainly has, unless you compiled it yourself, in which case, just recompile) then it's pretty much a case of plug & play. You don't need or want drivers from the manufacturer, all you need is built into the kernel.

Plug in your USB hard drive (I have a WD USB2 HD & several USB flash keys. Take a look at the HCL list on this site for reviews of them), check the output of dmesg or the syslog to see that it's been recognised.

You should be able to find its /dev node listed here, if not, run fdisk -l to scan for all available hard drives. It'll most likely be /dev/sda1

If you're ok with just one FAT partition, you're good to go. A command like "mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt" will mount it and you can read/write to it at will.

They're perfectly stable and usable, you'll have no crashing problems unless you buy a low-quality disk. Just remember to always unmount before unplugging.


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