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    Default FreeMedia Mount Points

    opensuse 11.2
    kde 4.4.2

    I have this 750 gb Seagate FreeMedia USB
    drive, which is always connected to the system.
    Every time I restart the computer I get a new mount point in /media e.g.
    /media/FreeAgent Drive-7
    /media/FreeAgent Drive-8

    The question is how to get one 'fixed' mount point for this drive, regardless of how often I restart or re-plugin the device. And why do this old unused mount points not disappear when the system shuts down or the drive is unplugged?


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    Default Re: FreeMedia Mount Points

    If you label the partitions, f.e. FreeAgent-1 and FreeAgent-2, they would always be mounted in /media/labelname.
    You could also tell the Yast partitioner to mount the device at boot. That would bring trouble though if you disconnect the drive and reboot.
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    Default Re: FreeMedia Mount Points

    I think it has allready a label: FreeAgent Drive. Else it would have been mounted disk.

    It is mounted on -1, -2 ,etc. because you do not unmount it properly (by clicking in the device notifier on the right place).
    Thus it will use the -1 ,etc because the old mount point still exists and is still registered in the files .hal-mtab and .hal-mtab-lock.

    To redress this, umount properly and with the device removed clean up in /media (remove all FeeAgent Drive* files and both .hal-mtab* files). After this always umount properly to avoid the same thing.

    But, when you have the device allways in the system, make an entry in /etc/fstab for it. Then it will be mounted properly at boot and be unmounted properly at system shutdown. You are then also not restricted to mounting in /media/..., but can mount where you want (but please create the mountpoint first and make the user that wants to use it and it group owner with chmod user:group).
    Henk van Velden

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