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Old 04-06-2004, 03:52 PM   #1
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Angry Hanging Suse mounting external USB drive with RH9 on it

I have a Dell D600 laptop on which I have just installed Suse 9.0 professional. It is currently in a default fresh install state. It is not hardened yet and has no firewall running etc.

I have my old redhat 9 installation on an older IBM travelstar harddrive that I used to swap into my old laptop. The problem I have is that I want some of the files off of the old redhat file systems and do not have access to the old laptop.

I have put the harddrive into an external USB enclosure and can boot my Suse distro and it sees the drive as /dev/sdb with four partitions. I can fdisk the device and it sees the partition sizes etc correctly.


When I try to mount the partitions for example:

mount -t ext2 /dev/sdb2 /media/sdb2

It seems to chew on it briefly then the entire system hangs requiring an unelegant reboot!

Has anyone come across this before and if so how did you get around it?

All of the kernel modules are installed correctly etc and my USB key works flawlessly.

The partitions mounted once the first time I tried it but hung on trying to access them. Since then I have been getting the hanging during the mount.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks for reading,

Old 04-06-2004, 04:25 PM   #2
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Maybe has your ext2 filesystem a label ?
You can check this with "e2label /dev/sdb2".

And have a look into the partion table of the HDD with "fdisk -l /dev/sdb".
Old 04-07-2004, 09:19 AM   #3
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Label on partition

Thanks for the reply, there is no label on the partition...
Old 04-13-2004, 04:42 PM   #4
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I have sorted out this problem. I took the harddrive out of the UCB enclosure and tried it in a different one. When I connected it, it mounted and worked just fine and dandy-o...

The problem was obviously with the logic of the circuitry in the USB enclosure.


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