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    Default Booted from USB, cannot mount/access other hard drives!!

    I have booted up from openSUSE 11.3 on a USB stick. When i go into Dolphin (the file explorer) and try to open a harddrive, I get the error:

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    An error occurred while accessing 'MyHardDrive', the system responded: org.freedesktop.Hal.Device.PermissionDeniedByPolicy: org.freedesktop.hal.storage.mount-fixed auth_admin_keep_always <-- (action,result)
    What can I do?

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    Default Re: Booted from USB, cannot mount/access other hard drives!!

    Open a terminal and type: su

    Once root eg if your partition is ext4 do: mount -t ext4 /dev/sd?? /path-to/mount-point
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Open a terminal and type: su

    Once root eg if your partition is ext4 do: mount -t ext4 /dev/sd?? /path-to/mount-point
    Thanks, that did it! (And sorry for the thousand and one questions today. It is a unique day for me... )

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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Open a terminal and type: su

    Once root eg if your partition is ext4 do: mount -t ext4 /dev/sd?? /path-to/mount-point
    Wait, 2 questions:

    1. Will this persist across reboots

    2. Is there a recommended path I should set for the mount point? like /home/extradrive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6tr6tr View Post
    Wait, 2 questions:

    1. Will this persist across reboots

    2. Is there a recommended path I should set for the mount point? like /home/extradrive?
    No.
    I thought this was a live system.
    Only in a install can you edit /etc/fstab to set mounting of devices to specific locations
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    No.
    I thought this was a live system.
    Only in a install can you edit /etc/fstab to set mounting of devices to specific locations
    It is now an installed OS. Yet, this is still happening! Any idea why? What do I put in /etc/fstab to make this persist?

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    Default Re: Booted from USB, cannot mount/access other hard drives!!

    I have to sleep now
    But post your fdisk -l info and tell me which partition it is and where you would like it mounted Eg: In a folder called My_Media or whatever
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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    I have to sleep now
    But post your fdisk -l info and tell me which partition it is and where you would like it mounted Eg: In a folder called My_Media or whatever
    YouTube - su - fdisk.mpeg
    Thanks for helping. I have an additional question after the fdisk results below:
    Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00037060

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 262 2103296 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sda2 * 262 2873 20972544 83 Linux
    /dev/sda3 2873 38914 289494016 83 Linux

    Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x5c83a37f

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 1 19457 156288321 83 Linux
    Why does it say, "Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary." Is this a bad thing? This partition setup was openSUSE Installer's auto setup.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Booted from USB, cannot mount/access other hard drives!!

    Don't worry too much about it if all is working OK
    Google the phrase: Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary
    It will reveal info

    Were you going to tell me the partition you want mounting and placename
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    Default Re: Booted from USB, cannot mount/access other hard drives!!

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Don't worry too much about it if all is working OK
    Google the phrase: Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary
    It will reveal info

    Were you going to tell me the partition you want mounting and placename
    Opps, sorry! (I can be dense sometimes)

    I want to mount /dev/sdb. And I suppose I'd like to name it "Extra_Storage". As for the path to it, does it make sense to put it in something like /dev or /media? It's an internal HD that's set to cable select. Thanks!

    One quick question: in the "fdisk -l" it says that disk is 160GB, but Dolphin lists it as 149GB. Why the huge discrepancy?

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