Using USB Hard Drive Enclosures with Linux
Using a USB hard drive enclosure with Linux is quite straightforward
and very convenient.
I followed these excellent directions, which boil down to:
- Look in /var/log/messages for the new drive device (/dev/sda in
- Carefully check that that device is not already mounted by
looking at the output of
fdisk to partition the blank drive
mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdaX to put an ext3
filesystem on the drive
tune2fs -m 0 /dev/sdaX to not reserve any
mount /dev/sdaX /mnt/usbdrive to mount the
drive for use
I am using a Thermaltake Silver River Duo enclosure. It supports IDE
and SATA drives, along with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and ESATA interfaces.
When using the USB interface with a Maxtor 200GB 7200RPM Ultra ATA/133
drive I was able to write:
This is less than the advertised 480Mbps transfer rate for USB 2.0
Hi-Speed but more than enough to handle recording multiple 19.2 Mbps
HDTV streams simultaneously.
- 3.9GB in 3 minutes, 23 seconds (203 seconds)
- Write rate: 153 Mbps (19 MB/s)
Last modified on 10 Aug 2015 by AO
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