I am puzzled too with what /etc/fstab has for my WD external. I recall setting up this WD (to work with Linux) in Partitioner back in 2006. I never had to manually mount it until this thread. It always mounted automatically when it was plugged in. A few times I had to clear out /media/disk due to backing up occurring while it somehow was unmounted.
Originally Posted by Dapper Dan
I am not sure why its swap either.
This is the way I have always mounted the WD external. Just plug in the USB cable and let it auto mount. Not sure why its broken now.
Originally Posted by chiranjeevis
Originally Posted by Mudgen
I use rsync (setup as a CRON job) to back up my web root to the USB external. I also rsync (another CRON) over SSH to an offsite server running as a Virtual Box VM (been having issues with this for last two months where both the offsite VM and my onsite server connected to USB external will freeze - that's another issue I am pursuing).
In conclusion I am not sure why the external does not auto mount anymore. At this stage of the game, should I wipe the drive clean in Partitioner (after backing up files) and start with a newly formatted external drive?
Thank you everyone (Dapper Dan, Mudgen, Chiranjeevis) for all of your input!!
It didn't go flaky for no reason. There are either filesystem issues, media (e.g. bad block) issues, or drive mechanics/electronics issues. If it's filesystem corruption, what you propose would fix it, but it's likely so would unmounting it and doing "e2fsck -y" on the partition. "e2fsck -c" would take a long time on that device, but would identify any bad blocks and add them to the bad block map. Finding and running the mfr drive diagnostics, if any, may turn up any mechanics/electronics issues, but the drive is toast and should be replaced if those exist.