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Old 10-12-2007, 05:32 AM   #1
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external hd wont mount.

when i hook up my external HD, it says it wont mount it. im running suse 10.3.

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Old 10-12-2007, 05:45 AM   #2
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Are you a "regular" user when you try and mount the device? If so it appears your user doesn't have permission to mount this device. What you should probably do is add an entry into your /etc/fstab file for this device so it can be mounted by users. Information about this can be found on Google. Or another alternative would be to find out if openSUSE 10.3 has any auto mounting mechanisms you can modify.


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First thing first. You always mount a partition and can always mount it "manually" if the partition has a healthy filing system when you are in root.

Say a partition sdb3 is needed by a regular user, these terminal commands should get it done "manually"
supply the root password and you are now in root with Suse
mkdir /mnt/sdb3 
mount /dev/sdb3 /mnt/sdb3
Using /etc/fstab is to mount it automatically.

A partition mounted this way by root can allow a regular user to see its content by command
ls /mnt/sdb3
but it will still protected from viewing in the desktop if the filing system is not owned by the user who mounted it.


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