Horrible problem with external (USB) harddrive
I recently bought a new 250 GB external USB-connected harddrive for my Linux system (Slackware 10.2). My computer is pretty old and only came with USB 1.1 ports. But the harddrive worked fine -- I managed to format, mount and use it.
Then I bought a USB 2.0 PCI card and the dang thing don't work anymore... But thing is, my camera and mp3 player works splendidly with it. They mount with no problem.
The harddrive is still detected by the system when I connect it and power up:
But when attempting to mount it, it fails miserably:
Nov 9 23:15:32 Mule kernel: hub.c: new USB device 00:04.2-1, assigned address 2
Nov 9 23:15:36 Mule kernel: Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
Nov 9 23:15:36 Mule kernel: usb.c: registered new driver usb-storage
And, after repeated attempts:
Nov 9 23:16:37 Mule kernel: scsi: device set offline - not ready or command retry failed after bus reset: host 1 channel 0 id 0 lun 0
The last message looks scary and makes me think there's a real problem with the actual drive.
Nov 9 23:56:57 Mule kernel: sdb: Unit Not Ready, sense:
Nov 9 23:56:57 Mule kernel: sdb: I/O error: dev 08:10, sector 0
I've tried different ways of mounting, all kinds of device names, all USB sockets including the old integrated 1.1 ones, plus fdisk, fsck, powering up and down and over under sideways down... Nothing works. No physical symptoms on the hd, except possibly that the LED doesn't flicker as much as I'd want it to.
Any ideas? Thanks in advance!