Submitter: Marianne Taylor

Using a USB storage device requires that your kernel have the following compiled as modules (or internal to the kernel):

These devices also use SCSI, so remember to make sure your kernel supports SCSI generic and SCSI disk. Once you have a suitable kernel, proceed.

You must determine which adapter driver to use. Generally, an Intel or Via motherboard will need usb-ohci.o; motherboards by Compaq, OPTi, SiS, and ALI need uhci.o (so do iMacs). To ensure you have the correct apadter, examine /proc/pci like so:

If the entry is of the form 0xe400, use Uhci.o; if it is 0xee000000 then you should use usb-ohci.o. Failing that, just try one or both.

To get the device working:

  1. Load the SCSI drivers
  2. Load the USB drivers
  3. If you wish to have these modules loaded at boot, add them to modules.conf/conf.modules in /etc
  4. Create an fstab entry
  5. Create the mount-point
  6. Mount the drive
  7. For further info about USB under Linux, visit*
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