External Usb Drive Is Not Recognized Automatically

lunchlady55

Registered
Hi,

I'm a Linux geek trying to hack my way through this GUI jungle... Anyway, I have this external laptop hard disk drive enclosure that works fine in Windows and Linux. It has a single 4 GB FAT32 partition. When I plug it into my Mac, a message pops up saying that there are no partitions on the disk that can be read by a Mac. So I did a bit of happy hacking, and was able to mount the drive manually:

<!TERMINAL COMMANDS AHEAD!>

Computer:/ root# cd Volumes/
Computer:/Volumes root# ls
CanonDC231M Macintosh HD thunderbird
Computer:/Volumes root# mkdir IBM
Computer:/Volumes root# mount /dev/disk1s1 ./IBM
/dev/disk1s1 on /Volumes/IBM: Incorrect super block.
Computer:/Volumes root# mount -t msdos /dev/disk1s1 ./IBM
Computer:/Volumes root# cd ./IBM
Computer:/Volumes/IBM root# ls
MUSIC
PICTURES VIDEO
PLUGINS WINAMP
PROFILE
nas-Computer:/Volumes/IBM root#

<END TERMINAL COMMANDS>

I've tried 'verify' in the Disk Utility (The drive and partition shows there) but it gets a bunch of 'bad superblock' errors and quits.

If anyone has any clues how to get this volume to show up on the desktop, please let me know.

Thanks~
 

ElDiabloConCaca

U.S.D.A. Prime
Do you need compatibility with Linux and Windows for that drive, or are you just gonna use it with the Mac? If only with the Mac, I would recommed reformatting the drive in HFS+ format... you can do this with "Disk Utility" in the /Applications/Utilities folder.
 
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