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Old 08-18-2006, 12:20 AM   #1
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External USB HDD, mount problem, wierd behaviour.

When i plug in my external USB-HDD, it used to mount all its volumes automatically in "/media" but now when i plug in, it does not, sometimes it does, sometimes not, furthermore, when it does not mount this, i cant find the /dev/sda1,/dev/sda2 or /dev/sda3 so that i can manually mount it, whenever it is mounted the three volumes are detected as sda1,sda2,sda3, help me here please.
Old 08-18-2006, 01:53 PM   #2
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I seem to remember having this type of problem a while back - you might want to try maybe "/dev/sdb1" or "/dev/sdc1"? If I recall correctly, this problem first started for me when I plugged a different device into the usb port I had originally used for my HD. There should be a couple threads floating around LQ as well dealing with this (I know I started at least 1 HERE myself )

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Old 08-18-2006, 04:28 PM   #3
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well i checked the sdb, and sdc, but there's nothing
Old 08-18-2006, 04:37 PM   #4
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The command dmesg can be used to see what happens when you plug something in ...

Run it before and after you've plugged in your USB device and see what happens.

Come back if you don't get it =)

- Piete.
Old 08-18-2006, 06:22 PM   #5
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To see all drives & partitions, do the following as root
fdisk -l
If you don't see any /dev/sd? drives, then make sure /etc/rc.d/rc.hotplug is executable
chmod +x /etc/rc.d/rc.hotplug
Old 08-19-2006, 12:15 AM   #6
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i am extremely sorry, for the trouble, but i have found the problem is with my USB ports, the light on the USB-HDD did glow making me confuse, but later i plugged in an PCI USB card and it worked fine all the time, so it must be a hardware problem, thanks for all ur help.


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