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Re: External USB Hard-Drive on Linux

__/ [ Geoffrey Clements ] on Wednesday 08 March 2006 10:38 \__

> "Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
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>> __/ [ Roy Schestowitz ] on Wednesday 08 March 2006 09:33 \__
>>> __/ [ Geoffrey Clements ] on Wednesday 08 March 2006 08:57 \__
>>>> "Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
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>>>>> __/ [ Dave {Reply Address in.Sig} ] on Wednesday 08 March 2006 06:50
>>>>> \__
>>>>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>>>>> I am using SuSE 9.3 and I intend to buy an external USB hard-drive
>>>>>>> later this
>>>>>>> morning.  Will it be a simple case of plug-and-play? As in plug
>>>>>>> hard-drive
>>>>>>> and an icon will show up in the Desktop?
>>>>>> By default it will probably recognise the drive. If the worst happens,
>>>>>> go look at /var/log/messages (as root) and see what it installed as,
>>>>>> then mount it manually. I've never tride 9.3 but I know that more
>>>>>> recent
>>>>>> distros tend to manage to automount removeable media more readily.
>>>> Hello Roy, I don't know anything about SUSE but I've seen your posts
>>>> over
>>>> on
>>>> comp.windows.x.kde so I assume you're a kde user.  I use kde 3.4.x and
>>>> have no trouble with removable media which looks like a hard drive
>>>> however
>>>> you need the following:
>>>> 1. A recent kernel, 2.6.11 seems to be the oldest you can use.
>>>> 2. hal needs to be installed and hald running.
>>>> 3. dbus installed and running.
>>>> 4. pmount installed if you want normal users to mount the drive by
>>>> clicking on its desktop icon.
>>>> 5. ivman installed and setup if you automounting.
>>>> I have 1 to 4 above and never need to touch /etc/fstab.  I'm no expert
>>>> on
>>>> this but I hope it's useful to you.
>>> Thanks, Geoff (and others). I have just returned with a 300GB beast. I
>>> told
>>> the to salesman it's for a Linux box and he replied "it should be fine".
>>> Let's see how it goes...
>> Slap me dead! I was up for a challenge, but the bloody drive just showed
>> up
>> under "Computer" as soon as I had plugged it in. Filesystem and all: no
>> problem!
> Dammit! No juicy problem to solve :-( What on earth is going on with Linux,
> it's getting far too easy ;-)
> BTW what did you get, I'm thinking of getting one myself.

I was set to go with a Western Digital offer, which included housing and a
250GB  drive.  It took me under 5 minutes to make this  decision  although
Maplin  had a decent choice in store. There was a special offer on the  WD
unit,  so it was going for GBP 120, down from ~160 (or so they would  have
you believe). It was no longer in stock sadly.

I  ended up with the Seagate, which was also on display at the front  win-
dow.  Nice housing, 300GB, 7200 RPM, good packaging with both European and
British connectors, software CD for backup (Windows and maybe also OS X, I
imagine).  Price was 140 pounds, but I get a 5% discount for being a  stu-

I  haven't had a a chance to explore what else is contained in the box. My
aim  was  to set this up as quickly as possible (unpacking and  connecting
taking  10  times  as  much  as configuring, namely  plug  in,  then  dou-
ble-click).  This was the same case when I got my SuSE box. Physical pack-
aging  (as  in  boxing) was the only hindrance, which I  found  YaSTastic.

300 gigs. More than I need, but beats the hell out of GDrive!

Best wishes and thanks again,


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