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Old 07-11-2005, 07:40 PM   #1
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Trouble mounting an external dvd-rw drive

Hi all, i've recently bought a new asus dvd-rw internal drive and a 5.25" usb 2.0 enclosure in order to connect it to my notebook. Under windows xp, everything is going all right and i have no trouble with the device. However, under linux, i have some difficulties mounting it. First of all, i don't exactly know if linux recognizes it or not. I typed:

/sbin/fdisk -l

in order to receive a list of the installed ide drives(i don't know if it is a good idea though) but i cannot see anything new. I also use an external hdd drive and the system sees it as


so when i type

/sbin/fdisk -l

i can see /dev/sda1 and i can mount it easily. That's why i thought it would be similar to mount a dvd drive the same way. However, as i told before, i cannot see anything new in the list when i type

/sbin/fdisk -l

What should i do now? How can i determine how the system sees my dvd-rw drive, are there any more linux commands to list the usb devices under /dev ?
I'm a still kind of new to linux so any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
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fdisk is only for partitioning hard disk drives. You can look at the output of the console command dmesg to see if the drive is being recognized but it is probably /dev/scd0.

It would be nice to know what distribution and version of linux you are running.
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Thanks for the reply! I got it working at /dev/scd0 as you have told. Thanks a lot...


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