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Old 01-17-2010, 12:30 AM   #1
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usb external drive

I've installed a usb external drive for backup purposes. I'm having trouble mounting the drive to set it up for backup. Any help please ?

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Old 01-17-2010, 02:10 AM   #2
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sudo fdisk -l

sudo mount /dev/[something] /mnt/[storage]

[something] is the identifier of your usb drive
[storage] is a directory named storage on your /mnt

Naturally without [ and ].
Old 01-17-2010, 10:23 AM   #3
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You can cat /proc/partitions to find out all the partitions linux is knowing about at the moment. Then, you can stick the numbered ones in front of "/dev/" and mount them someplace.

cat /proc/partitions
major minor #blocks name

8 0 976762584 sda
8 1 314584798 sda1
8 2 312480315 sda2
8 3 347734957 sda3
8 4 1959930 sda4


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