Maxtor One-Touch USB External Drive Disappeared

Asked by Boglesnurf

Hi Folks

My third attempt at Linux. Had it with Microsoft. Successfully installed dual-boot system (Win for gaming, Ubuntu for all else), and everything works. Floppy was missing, but that wasn't too hard to correct.

During the first several boot-ups, the external USB drive was displayed and mounted and accessible. On this last boot, however, it's missing.

Tried using sudo fdisk -l, and it shows all the other drives, and ends with " cant read /dev/sdc" No clue what that is. Have a combo floppy (1.44 Mb, various memory card readers), 120 Gb (C:) holding Win, a 500Gb (D:) with Ubuntu, and the Maxtor USB external. All the card readers showed up from first boot. Had to chase the floppy. Got that fixed, and now Maxtor is gone.

Any thoughts??


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Frank (metalman-stx) said :

I have the same, it will show up on my desktop and I can use it thru Linux, but the manager will not work in linux. No drivers for linux. Try unplugging the maxtor from the computer and plug it back in. Use the manager on windows, to do backups, and u can drag and drop what u want to put in on linux and move to folder u have created.

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Boglesnurf (kharrisma) said :

Just logged in, and guess what's waiting for me on the desktop... the Maxtor is back. Kinda squirrely... not exactly the most reliable setup. Floppy is recognized, still.


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nhasian (nhasian) said :

you dont need drivers for the external maxtor drive. if it has power and plugged into your usb drive it will be auto detected. I have a 2.5" and 3.5" external WD drives, and havent had any issues with them.

as for the floppy, the module is not enabled by default in ubuntu. you can type:

sudo modprobe floppy

to start it for that session then you can mount/unmount it like normal. if you are going to use the floppy drive frequently, You'll want put the floppy module in /etc/modules

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