USB drive, once it worked, now it doesn't.

James Tappin sjt at
Fri Aug 31 14:54:14 UTC 2007

On Fri, 31 Aug 2007 10:00:02 -0400
Chris Knowles <chrisk at> wrote:

CK> Howdy.  
CK> I've got a 250GB external USB drive.
CK> Also, a brand new load of Ubuntu 7.04.
CK> for the first couple of days, the external drive would show up when
CK> I plugged the device in... (Icon appear on desktop as if by magic...
CK> )  
CK> then one day I accidentally removed the drive without ejecting it
CK> nicely.
CK> Ever since, when I plug in the USB drive, the system recognizes that
CK> a new device has shown up, I can manually mount /dev/sdb1 and read
CK> the data, but no automagic mounting.
CK> I really would like the magic back.  

Occasionally the device manager gets confused/stopped by things like
that. There is probably a service or sequence of services that can be
restarted to fix it, but I've never been able to figure them out,
however a reboot should get you back to normal (if not then you may have
damaged the USB drive in some way).


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