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    USB Hard Drive

    I have just installed Debian (Knoppix) linux and the 2.6.5 kernel on my machine. Before I blew away my windows partition, I backed up all important data to an external USB 2.0 Hard DIsk (this is actually a generic enclosure model ME-720 which contains a Maxtor 20 GB IDE drive). I experimented with other distros... Red Hat 9 saw the drive, but I could never mount it and of course it worked flawlessly under Windows XP. I have done the apt-get upgrade and tried a lot of things, but this system doesn't even assign it a SCSI ID. I really need to get my data back off the drive and any help is appreciated.

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    You'll need to compile some SCSI emulation modules into your kernel for this to work. You need SCSI emulation, SCSI generic, and the usb-storage module. If you have a source tree installed (ls /usr/src), then you can compile them as modules and insmod them. If not, you'll need a new kernel.
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    it might get treated as a USB keyring drive. if so I wrote a tutorial on this.

    check out

    let me know if it helps. the rest of the site is very much under construction.


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    Worked for me dude thanx

    Using Fedora Core 1, & a Maxtor OneTouch 120GB, works perfect...

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    I'm using a hard drive based video player (MPAvio) with Knoppix KDE (CD bootable version).

    Knoppix auto detected and mounted the drive. However, It won't let me transfer files to the drive. It gives me an error whenever I try to copy or move a file.

    Any suggestions?

    Need any more info before answering?

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