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Old 08-06-2008, 04:00 PM   #1
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Question USB drive works on DSL, not DSL-N. DSL-N has kernel 2.6.12

So, I plug in my USB drive, check dmesg, and get this:
usb 1-1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 3
Yummy! Right? Wrong. I can't mount it.

I try fdisk -l, and only see my hda1.

I ls /dev/sd* and none are lit up as available. (Colored ls)

mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1 gives me:
mount: /dev/sda1 is not a valid block device
What's up with this? It worked fine in DSL, which was on the 2.4 kernel.
Old 08-07-2008, 11:29 AM   #2
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For my situation, DMESG was posting that the USB was inserted, but nothing about loading it as a drive.

I found a post that suggested this:
sudo modprobe usb_storage
After that DMESG posted:
usb-storage: device found at 2
SCSI device sda: ...
 sda: sda1
Attached scsi disk sda at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
I was then able to mount the drive.

To keep this permanent, I created a file called local in /etc/init.d/
modprobe usb_storage
I set it to executable:
chmod +x local
and now I can mount any time I need to.

I hope this helps somebody else.


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