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Old 07-16-2011, 10:29 PM   #1
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External Hard Drive Not Detected

I just installed sabayon gnome 6. Everything works great except that I have a WD Mybook external hard drive that isn't detected/recognized. When I plug it in, the preinstalled software, WD Smartware, is detected, but the drive itself isn't? Thanks for any help that you can give.
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Not sure what you mean about the software being detected, as Smartware is a Windows program and obviously won't do anything on Linux. What exactly happens when you plug it in? A window popping up with the WD software listed is probably the file manager showing the contents of the drive, which would mean it is working.

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I just looked at the specs for MyBook.

Am I correct in thinking that it is some kind of network device, rather than a USB, SATA, or SCSI device?
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What my drive is is just an external with ac adapter that connects to my laptop via usb cable. Sorry about my choice of words, I mean when I go to my file manager, Smartware is in the list under the places panel, but the drive itself isn't put there. When I was using Salix Xfce, both would be put on the places panel in the file manager. Here is my external hard drive:

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