External USB hard drive "loosing" connection [Maxtor onetouch]

Fajar Priyanto fajarpri at cbn.net.id
Wed Mar 12 06:48:45 UTC 2008

On Wednesday 12 March 2008 11:47:33 Hemant Bist wrote:
> Hi,
> I recently bought a Maxtor onetouch extenal USB drive 500GB for backup for
> my ubuntu dapper system.
> Every morning the backup script fails because it has problem in accessing
> the drive. Once I manually remount(sudo umount /dev/sda1; sudo mount
> /dev/sda1) the drive and restart backup it works fine.
> Has anyone seen this problem before? Any workarounds for this?

Maybe the auto-sleep disconnect the drive? Is there any related messages 
in /var/log/syslog?

As a work around you can set a crontab to prevent the drive from sleeping, 
maybe a 'ls -l /var/backup' for every 10 minutes.
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