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    Default Can't mount ntfs USB external disk

    I am running Suse 11.0 with KDE 3.5. I have an external USB
    NTFS disk. When I plug it into the USB port, the system sees the
    disk and gives me the option of opening it. But the open
    then fails and I get the following in /var/log/messages:

    NTFS-fs error (device sdb1): parse_options(): Unrecognized mount
    option locale.
    NTFS-fs warning (device sdb1): parse_options(): Option utf8
    is no longer supported, using option nls=utf8. Please
    use option nls=utf8 in the future and make sure utf8
    is compiled either as a module or into the kernel.

    This worked fine in Suse 10.3.

    Is this a bug? Am I missing a module? I did a search on
    the distribution disk for utf8 using "Software Management"
    in yast, but all I find is a module for chinese characters.

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    Default Re: Can't mount ntfs USB external disk

    Did you use command to mount this disk?
    #mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /home/user
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    Bryan Yu
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    DUHHH --

    I was so surprised by the fact that the system wouldn't mount
    the NTFS disk for reading (which it did in previous versions
    of Suse), that I didn't even try the ntfs-3g mount.

    However I just did and it worked fine.

    Thanks for shoving me in the right direction.

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    Default Re: Can't mount ntfs USB external disk

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry1019 View Post
    I was so surprised by the fact that the system wouldn't mount the NTFS disk for reading (which it did in previous versions of Suse), that I didn't even try the ntfs-3g mount.

    However I just did and it worked fine.
    As opposed to typing that every time you plug in your external USB NTFS formatted hard drive, you could try the following work around to hotplug auto mount your external drive with read/write permissions:
    Code:
    cd /sbin
    su -c 'ln -s mount.ntfs-3g mount.ntfs'

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    Default Re: Can't mount ntfs USB external disk

    DUHHH --

    I was so surprised by the fact that the system wouldn't mount
    the NTFS disk for reading (which it did in previous versions
    of Suse), that I didn't even try the ntfs-3g mount.

    However I just did and it worked fine.

    Thanks for shoving me in the right direction.

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    Default Re: Can't mount ntfs USB external disk

    I also got the same problem as you in opensuse11 ,so i only mount th e NTFS device by ntfs-3g (but openSUSE 10.3 didn't have this problem).
    Regards,
    Bryan Yu
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    Default Re: Can't mount ntfs USB external disk

    How do I find out the actual device name that the system is using for usb? (like /dev/sdb1) It seems that my usb is connected (used dmesg and lsusb) but i can't seem to find the name. Also, when i use lshal -m i'm getting this output.

    23:40:20.879: usb_device_12f7_1e23_0778012B00DC_if0 removed
    23:43:20.880: usb_device_12f7_1e23_0778012B00DC removed

    Did not remove usb.

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    Default Re: Can't mount ntfs USB external disk

    Quote Originally Posted by soulblade118 View Post
    How do I find out the actual device name that the system is using for usb? (like /dev/sdb1)
    With the USB device connected, type:
    su -c 'fdisk -l'

    note that the "L" in "-l" is a small "L" and not a "1". Enter root password when prompted.

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    Default Re: Can't mount ntfs USB external disk

    that only showed the partitions of my hd.

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    Default Re: Can't mount ntfs USB external disk

    Quote Originally Posted by soulblade118 View Post
    that only showed the partitions of my hd.
    Looks to me like your USB device is not being recognized then. When I plug in my USB (and also firewire) external hard drives, they show up there.

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