Other Help Topics :: mounting USB hard drive

I'm trying to attach a Western Digital USB external drive to an old Pentium I machine (DSL is great for this!). It has a USB connection, but when I try to mount there is nothing there. The mount tool does not recognize it, and when I try using /dev/sda1 as the device I get "not a valid block device."

dmesg shows that it is recognized, although there is a message:
Code Sample
<6>scsi: device set offline - not ready or command retry failed after bus reset: host 1 channel 0 id 0 lun 0

I'll google that error, but if anyone has any ideas, I'd appreciate it.


did you have any luck with this?  I'm attempting to do a similar thing (connect a USB HDD so I can then install DSL to it).

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