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Old 04-11-2006, 08:16 PM   #1
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How to set-up automatic external hard drive detection (via Usb 2.0)?

Hello. I'm a recent convert to linux from XP (although I still have a dual boot) and am currently running Suse 10.0 on my IBM T42 and have most of the main kde/gnome packages installed, etc. I use GNOME 2.12 as my WM. With minor exeception, everything's proven to work very well so far (includ. wireless internet).

However, I am not sure how I can get my system to automatically detect (and create associated icons on the desktop, etc.) when I connect my external hard drive to my laptop via the usb port after the laptop is already on. If it's running and I connect the hard drive and fire it up, nothing happens and it doesn't appear in the file manager (Nautilus). However, if I already have the drive connected and running when I boot the system, it detects it and things proceed as you would expect (it has an icon on the desktop, appears in nautilus, etc.).

I've tried to find useful information on this on the web and these forums, but have failed. If anyone could please kindly offer any info/suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!! Thank you very very much in advance!

Old 04-12-2006, 12:56 AM   #2
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I dont know how that would be done automatically. but sure I know how you can do it manually:

Attach the harddisk via USB , and do the following
$ su -
root's password
# mount /dev/sda1 any_directory_of_your_choice

If mount doesnt gives any error then probably your C drive will be accessible from any_directory_of_your_choice. If there is an error try replacing /dev/sda with /dev/sdb etc. For information on how to exactly identify the naming conventions for hardisks , find out somehere in this site/google and you shall get the answer.It would be too long for me to explain it here.
Old 04-12-2006, 03:38 AM   #3
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Mounting External HD Automaticly


Try this link, this is what worked for me..I am using SuSE 10.1 Beta 9,
should work for you ok..



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