[sf-lug] external usb hard drive

Alex Kleider a_kleider at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 13 21:13:56 PDT 2008

--- Tyler Trafford <ttrafford at gmail.com> wrote:

> Alex Kleider wrote:
> > I bought myself a Maxtor OneTouch4 Plus 750GB external usb hard
> drive 
> > and am having difficulty getting it mounted on my _Debian_ machine.
> > Having previously created a /maxtor directory
> > I've tried
> > # mount -t fuseblk /dev/sda1 /maxtor
> > but get:
> > unknown file type fuseblk
> > 
> > # mount -t ntfs /dev/sda1 /maxtor
> > initially made me very happy because I can now read the directory
> Try "-t ntfs-3g", after making sure you have the ntfs-3g package
> installed.

Thanks, Tyler, for your prompt reply.
Unfortunately I'm still stumbling:

Here's what I've found out (from 

The ntfs-3g driver is an open source, GPL licensed, third generation
Linux NTFS driver which was implemented by the Linux-NTFS project. It
provides full read-write access to NTFS, excluding access to encrypted
files, writing compressed files, changing file ownership, access right.

Technically it's based on and a major improvement to the third
generation Linux NTFS driver, ntfsmount. The improvements includes
functionality, quality and performance enhancements.

ntfs-3g is based on FUSE (userspace filesystem framework for Linux),
thus you will have to prepare fuse kernel module to be able to use it.

Fuse is available in any recent kernel. No need to prepare a kernel
module if you are already running Debian Etch kernel or newer.


apt-cache search on my machine has never heard of ntfs-3g.
I am running Etch.

There are files available for download at the site mentioned
 but I'm not sure 
I'd know how to deal with them without a lot of hand holding.

Any further suggestions?

..by the way:  Adding
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main
to my /etc/apt/sources.list file 
didn't work: "couldn't stat source package list"

gratefully yours,

a_kleider at yahoo.com

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