Problems with NTFS external USB drive in Kubuntu (update)

Art Alexion art.alexion at
Fri Dec 19 20:17:50 GMT 2008

On Friday 19 December 2008 2:32:35 pm Billie Walsh wrote:
> About all I know
> about it that I was using OpenSuSE with KDE 3.x and somehow HAL got
> broken and wouldn't do S___. That's what made me wonder if that might be
> a problem.

I think the problem IS hal related.  That's my quandary.  I would think that 
hal/Ubuntu 8.04 would be the same as hal/Kubuntu 8.04.  Maybe gnome-vfs picks 
up where hal fails.  I don't know.... (sigh)

> >  
> >
> >> Does it only happen with this one drive?
> >>    
> >
> > This is a 2.5" IDE hard drive from a laptop, in a usb enclosure.  The
> > particular enclosure does not have its own power supply, but gets power
> > from the USB port.  The other magnetic drives that do work fine are 3.5"
> > from desktops with separately powered enclosures.  Would that make a
> > difference? I don't know.
> >
> > I just know that I don't want to upgrade my kubuntu on this machine until
> > at least 4.2, while I have finally found something that KDE 4.1 seems to
> > do better than 3.5.
> >
> >
> >  
> If some drives work fine I would think HAL must be working.

Not necessarily, it may be working well enough to connect to some drives, but 
not all.

> My only suggestion would be to figure out a way to externally power the
> drive and see if that made a difference. Maybe a five volt wall wart and
> a home made USB connector. If I remember correctly the data uses the two
> center connections and the power is on the two outer connections [ I
> think I found that information on Wikipedia ]. I don't know if Rat Shack
> [ Radio Shack for the uninitiated ] has USB connectors for experimental
> use but that might be a choice if they do. Otherwise carefully remove
> the outer covering from an old USB cable and figure out the wiring and
> splice in a power connection after you cut the leads to the computer end.
> Come to think of it, something like that might come in handy for other
> uses also. May have to build one just for fun.

First what I like about this is portability.  It is about the size of a silver 
cigarette case, with only the usb cable as a dongle.  If I am going with 
power and all, I can use a 500 GB 3.5" that works fine on Kubuntu KDE 3.5.

That may be where I am until KDE 4 works well enough to rely on.

My other choice is getting iTunes to connect to my iTouch while running in a 
VM.  That, or sell my iTouch and get a standard iPod that works with Amarok.

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