Gentoo Archives: gentoo-amd64

From: Frank Peters <frank.peters@×××××××.net>
To: gentoo-amd64@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-amd64] Drivers For USB HDD
Date: Sun, 06 May 2012 21:02:48

I recently acquired a Seagate USB external HDD but could not get it
to function on my Gentoo Linux.  Specifically, the drivers and commands
that I used were as follows:

modprobe sg
modprobe usb-storage
mount -t usbfs none /proc/bus/usb

At this point, according to the kernel log, the drive was recognized
but there were errors in reading and so I could not finally mount
the NTFS file system that the drive contained.  Fdisk could not
recognize the drive.

Using a Gentoo Live DVD to boot Linux, the drive was recognized without
any read errors.  In this case fdisk could recognize the drive.  I then
attempted to reformat the drive with an ext2 file system but the format

After reading bad on-line reviews for this particular Seagate USB HDD,
I returned it for a refund.  Now I want to try a Western Digital USB HDD
but I need to know exactly what drivers and commands can be used to 
successfully recognize and mount the WD drive.

My USB thumb drives can all be successfully recognized with the sg and
usb-storage modules (as shown in the commands above).  Is this all I would
need to mount a Western Digital USB HDD or is there some other module that
needs to be loaded?

As I mentioned, the Gentoo Live DVD was able to recognize the drive.  How
was this done?

Internet searches only provide comments from Ubuntu or Fedora users
stating that "I plugged it in and it worked," which are next to useless.
I need to know what modules (drivers) and basic commands can get a Western
Digital USB external HDD to successfully mount.

Frank Peters


Subject Author
Re: [gentoo-amd64] Drivers For USB HDD Stan Sander <stsander@×××××.net>
Re: [gentoo-amd64] Drivers For USB HDD Paul Hartman <paul.hartman+gentoo@×××××.com>
Re: [gentoo-amd64] Drivers For USB HDD "Thomas Rösner" <thomas.roesner@××××××××××××××.de>
Re: [gentoo-amd64] Drivers For USB HDD David Relson <relson@×××××××××××××.com>