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Old 05-18-2006, 04:47 AM   #1
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mounting usb hard drive

I have a usb hard drive a got it to work using this command.

cd /mnt
mkdir sda1
chgrp users sda1
chmod g+rwx sda1 (this didnt work)
mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1

This worked fine but when i reboot there is nothing in these folders, is this right if not how do i get it to mount the harddrive at bootup..

Many Thanks
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If your distro supports hotplugging, the drive may be mounted when you plug in the USB cable.
Otherwise you need to add an entry in your /etc/fstab file.
The chown, chgrp and chmod commands do not work on fat32 partitions. You need to add options to mount to do the same thing on a per partition bases. For example, instead of running chown, use the "uid=" option. Instead of chmod, use either the "umask=" option or the "fmask=" and "dmask=" options.

See the "man mount" manpage for details. There is also an "fstab" man page.
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as a starting point, try this in your /etc/fstab:
/dev/sda1  /mnt/sda1  vfat  users,defaults,umask=002  0  0
This would be for fat32 and would give the permissions -rwxrwxr-x to the files on the drive. Also, try doing 'chown <username>.users /mnt/sda1' prior to mounting the drive. This is the proper way to change ownership of the folder.

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Thanks alot buddy that worked great...


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