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    Default Samsung D3 Station on OpenSUSE 11.2

    Today I tried plugging a new Samsung D3 Station into my OpenSUSE 11.2 system. I can see it being recognised in the dmesg output, but I can't find where it should be located in the file system.

    Relevant dmesg lines:

    [86504.619363] usb 1-1.4: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 4
    [86504.706098] usb 1-1.4: New USB device found, idVendor=04e8, idProduct=6124
    [86504.706108] usb 1-1.4: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
    [86504.706117] usb 1-1.4: Product: D3 Station
    [86504.706123] usb 1-1.4: Manufacturer: Samsung
    [86504.706129] usb 1-1.4: SerialNumber: 00000000011E0A49
    [86504.706262] usb 1-1.4: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
    [86504.706847] scsi9 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
    [86504.707172] usb-storage: device found at 4
    [86504.707177] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
    [86505.708156] scsi 9:0:0:0: Direct-Access Samsung D3 Station 0202 PQ: 0 ANSI: 6
    [86505.709423] sd 9:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg6 type 0
    [86505.716919] usb-storage: device scan complete
    [86505.728278] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdf] Spinning up disk....ready
    [86518.177049] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdf] 732566645 4096-byte logical blocks: (3.00 TB/2.72 TiB)
    [86518.178177] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdf] Write Protect is off
    [86518.178187] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdf] Mode Sense: 2b 00 10 08
    [86518.178191] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdf] Assuming drive cache: write through
    [86518.179247] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdf] 732566645 4096-byte logical blocks: (3.00 TB/2.72 TiB)
    [86518.180138] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdf] Assuming drive cache: write through
    [86518.180153] sdf: sdf1
    [86518.192514] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdf] 732566645 4096-byte logical blocks: (3.00 TB/2.72 TiB)
    [86518.193573] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdf] Assuming drive cache: write through
    [86518.193584] sd 9:0:0:0: [sdf] Attached SCSI disk
    [86525.434667] usb 1-1.4: USB disconnect, address 4

    So it looks like it is being found as 'sdf', but when I run 'ls /dev/sd*' I get the following output:

    ls /dev/sd*
    /dev/sda /dev/sda1 /dev/sda2 /dev/sda5 /dev/sda6 /dev/sda7 /dev/sdb /dev/sdc /dev/sdd /dev/sde

    I have a WD MyBook, also USB, and when I plug that it it is recognised and mounted under /media, but I don't see anything under that mount point when I plug in this new drive.

    I've tried googling for info but all pages I've found seem to assume that the computer recognises the drive and mounts it.

    Can anyone suggest what I should try next?

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    Default Re: Samsung D3 Station on OpenSUSE 11.2

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline33 View Post
    Today I tried plugging a new Samsung D3 Station into my OpenSUSE 11.2 system.
    Don't be surprised if you get a reply pointing out (the obvious) that 11.2 is well out of support, and that it would makes sense to be using a current version.

    Obviously, the main concern is the disconnect event that is reported shortly after detection
    Code:
    [86525.434667] usb 1-1.4: USB disconnect, address 4
    Is the Samsung D3 powered from the USB port, or do you have an external power supply?

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    Default Re: Samsung D3 Station on OpenSUSE 11.2

    Further to my last post, is it possible for you to test the device behaviour with a Live distro perhaps, running a more current kernel?

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    Default Re: Samsung D3 Station on OpenSUSE 11.2

    Extreme embarrassment here - turns out the power cord on the back of the drive had gotten knocked slightly, and was no longer actually providing power . Once I realised it wasn't fully pushed in, the drive came back up and is now recognised by my system.

    And yes, I realise 11.2 is v. old, but I've held off updating because I don't want to lose the Gnome 2 interface (Gnome 3 is horrible to me). Guess I really will have to upgrade eventually though...

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    Default Re: Samsung D3 Station on OpenSUSE 11.2

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyline33 View Post
    Extreme embarrassment here - turns out the power cord on the back of the drive had gotten knocked slightly, and was no longer actually providing power . Once I realised it wasn't fully pushed in, the drive came back up and is now recognised by my system.
    I was suspecting something like this Anyway, good that you found the definitive cause and now have it functioning as expected.

    And yes, I realise 11.2 is v. old, but I've held off updating because I don't want to lose the Gnome 2 interface (Gnome 3 is horrible to me). Guess I really will have to upgrade eventually though...
    Maintaining security is the number one reason for upgrading, let alone the better support you'll gain from the forums. Anyway, fear not - the look and feel of Gnome 2 can still be obtained by using Gnome 3 'Classic Mode' as explained here

    https://news.opensuse.org/2013/10/29...r-gnome-users/

    But the fans of GNOME 2 have not been abandoned. A new classic mode consisting of several extensions has been added to GNOME. The difference between the new Classic and old Fallback modes is, the former uses GNOME 3 as a basis with all it’s graphics abilities by modifying the user interface via several extensions, giving GNOME 3 the look and feel of GNOME 2. Classic Mode, although not installed by default, is available to be grabbed from the official repositories.
    You just need to install 'gnome-shell-classic'. Refer to this blog for further details.

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    Default Re: Samsung D3 Station on OpenSUSE 11.2

    Thanks for the info on Gnome2 emulation . Think I shall look at upgrading over the Easter break.

    The drive is recognised, but it can't be mounted - googling around for the error message tends to imply its because it's 3TB drive, and more up-to-ate ntfs (or rather ntfs-3g for the r/w capability) drivers would let me use it, so another reason to upgrade.

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