Patrick Baldwin wrote:

Hi, I'm trying to mount a 160 GB Western Digital USB 2.0 drive on a
FreeBSD 6.2 system.  This seemed like it should be relatively simple,

webmail# mount /dev/da0s1 /mnt/usbdrive
mount: /dev/da0s1 on /mnt/usbdrive: incorrect super block

OK, it seemed a good chance the USB drive was formatted with NTFS, so I tried:

webmail# mount_ntfs /dev/da0s1 /mnt/usbdrive
mount_ntfs: /dev/da0s1: Invalid argument

Further reading on mount_ntfs suggested that even if I got it to
work, it's not quite what I want:  I want read & write access
with compressed files supported.

If it doesn't mount as NTFS then FAT32 seems like a distinct possibility. Try file -s /dev/da0s1 and see what it says e.g.

$ file -s /dev/ad10s6
/dev/ad10s6: x86 boot sector, code offset 0x58, OEM-ID "MSWIN4.1", sectors/cluster 32, reserved sectors 34, Media descriptor 0xf8, heads 255, hidden sectors 63, sectors 42299082 (volumes > 32 MB) , FAT (32 bit), sectors/FAT 10323, reserved3 0x800000, serial number 0x43937937, label: " SAMSUNG"

If it is NTFS (or you reformat it to be) then maybe ntfs-3g is what you want (should be in ports) but I've never used it.

If all else fails, can you connect to a a Windows machine and see what it thinks it is? I fail to remember how you figure out file system type in Windows but right-click-properties on the disk might do it.


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