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Old 12-25-2003, 01:14 PM   #1
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External Harddrive setup

ok, i'm running a Prostar laptop computer dual-boot between Windows XP Professional and Redhat 9 (2.4.20-27.9) and i just got a SimpleTech external harddrive which can be used with either firewire or USB 2.0 i had a little trouble getting linux to run initially because my laptop had issues with the firewire module(s) and kudzu. therefor, i need to use the USB 2.0 format for the drive since firewire doesn't work. also, i cannot use kudzu because it either hangs the system (from the command line) or causes some VERY bizarre behavior when run from GNOME (like moving the mouse at all causes random windows to open and such). so what i would like to know is how i can configure the drive (FAT32, so i can share it with Windows) manually. can it simply be mounted as long as it's plugged into a USB port (i seem to remember reading that USB 2.0 is supported in recent versions of redhat)? if so, which /dev/whatever is it likely to be located at? i have 4 USB ports total. thanks in advance.
Old 12-25-2003, 08:54 PM   #2
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Re: External Harddrive setup

My external USB HDD is detected as a scsi drive: /dev/sda so I just made an entry in fstab:

/dev/sda1 /mnt/usbdrive vfat defaults 0 0

edit to suit. Unfortunately for me, if I have a USB-FDD plugged in as well, it becomes /dev/sda and the hdd becomes /dev/sdb which means error messages and manual mounting:

mount -T vfat /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usbdrive

If anyone knows a way to force the hdd to always be /dev/sdb ....


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