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Old 01-22-2009, 01:37 AM   #1
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Unhappy mount external USB hard disk

i work on fc8 machine

my system has a hdd which has only one partition and is allocated with sda2.

sda1 is taken by /boot partition

now i want to mount a external usb harddisk. how do i do that?

the external usb hard disk has 2 partitions.

so how do i mount this device. ?
Old 01-22-2009, 02:36 AM   #2
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if you boot the box with the USB drive conected it may get mounted by the sys.

if not do parted then print all to see how it's recognized IE sda3 and 4 mabey? if you dont have parted do fdisk -l ( that's L lower case) to see. (PS you type quit to get out of parted)

SO lets say it's seen as sda3 and sda4 then do mkdir /mnt/sda3 ; mkdir /mnt/sda4 then if thay were say ext3 partitions do mount -t ext3 /dev/sda3 /mnt/sda3 ; mount -t ext3 /dev/sda4 /mnt/sda4

you mite not half to do the -t ext3 part but it dosent hurt to be safe if thar NTFS then put NTFS-3g in place of ext3 so on so on for whatever file system type. all must be done as root however you get it sudo su or just sudo or su and password.

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Old 01-22-2009, 02:37 AM   #3
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AFAIK, Fedora should automount it for you,
but if doesn't, run this as root:

mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/mydisk
note that you have to first create the mount directory (in this case /mnt/mydisk or whatever) then mount it, because the mount command doesn't create it for you.
Old 01-22-2009, 04:02 AM   #4
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Also, you need to check drive names for the connected drive.

run something like:
To see what sdaX name the connected usb drive has been assigned.


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