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

Hemant Bist hemantbist at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 17:36:00 UTC 2008

I will try remounting the drive from the script.[ Its a sbackup
package crontab  running as root.]

I also suspect that its due to sleep mode. Could it have something to with
the fact that I reformatted the drive to ext3 from NTFS?
I found this article claiming that there is no problem with Maxtor drives.[

Here are the errors I see in syslog.


 localhost kernel: [174463.681864] sd 1:0:0:0: Device not ready.
 localhost kernel: [174463.681885] end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector
 localhost kernel: [174463.687888] Aborting journal on device sda1.
 localhost kernel: [175036.945142] ext3_abort called.
 localhost kernel: [175036.945164] EXT3-fs error (device sda1):
ext3_journal_start_sb: Detected aborted journal
 localhost kernel: [175036.945176] Remounting filesystem read-only


On 3/12/08, Neil <hok.krat at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 5:47 AM, Hemant Bist <hemantbist at gmail.com> 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?
> I'd simply start the script with "sudo umount /dev/sda1; sudo mount
> /dev/sda1" That is, if it is a bash script. Other types of scripts
> would need other commands, or a new script with that and the command
> to execute the original script.
> If you run the script as root (in the root crontab) it shouldn't even
> be necessary to use sudo.
> It might even be useful for the harddrive to shut down with the power
> consumption.
> just my 2 cents
> Neil
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