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Old 03-22-2007, 03:08 AM   #1
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Trouble mounting external usb hard drive in openSuSe 10.2

I am new to linux, and I am trying to get my external hard drive to mount. When I plug the hard drive in it shows the device on my desktop, when I right click on the icon and select mount i get the error: hal-storage-removable-mount-all-options refused uid 0. Also the hard drive is NTFS file system.

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Old 03-22-2007, 09:47 PM   #2
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NTFS Hard Drive is not the Best Choice for Linux

I think you are not going to get a NTFS formatted USB drive to work automatically. You can however, add a command to your /etc/fstab file and have it mount automatically when you start Linux. You can also mount it manually with the right command from the command prompt. I suggest you modify fstab and add the following line at the top, just under your existing hard drive(s):

/dev/sda1 /Windows/C ntfs ro,users,gid=users,umask=0002,nls=utf8 0 0

1. You must create or already have a folder called /Windows/C for the mount to occur.

2. The drive designation will work if there are no other SATA, SCSI or USB hard drives.

When you look at your fstab file and you see a sdax or sdbx, where x is the number of the partition, you might just assume that your added drive will take on the next drive letter such as sdb1 or sdc1, depending on the order your drives are activated at boot up time.

In order to edit /etc/fstab or create the folder /Windows/C navigate through the menu to:

SyStem/File Manager/File Manager - Super User Mode and enter your root password

Select the red folder on the left for Root Folder and then Select the Root Folder in the tree at the top. Select Edit/Create New/Folder and then enter "Windows". Next Select Windows in the Tree and Select Edit/Create New/Folder and enter "C". Next Select the /etc folder and in the folder list right click on the file fstab and open with the editor of your choice. Make your changes and save them.

Finally, restart your system to automatically mount this disk drive. Until you reformat the drive using FAT32, you will be only able to look and load the files. You can not write natively to NTFS partitions without loading an external driver that can do that for you. I use a program from Paragon software that costs $40 to do that. There is at least one other free alternative mentioned in this form.

Good Luck!
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Unfortunately I am getting this same error as well, when I used to be able to automount USB drives. The only difference is that I am being refused uid 1000 which is my main user account. This is also happening with my CDROM drive.

I can manually mount as root of course, but I would like to nail down the problem as this is something that just started recently.

What's weird is that I've found other people with this same problem but no answers yet.

Between this and the abysmally slow (and buggy) updater I'm ready to try a new distro

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Old 04-19-2007, 12:02 AM   #4
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linuSame problem with hfsplus ipod on 10.2 (64)

Same message.
Manual mount is possible, but does not allow e.g. amarok to use the ipod

Any hint ?


hal, suse, usb

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