[nSLUG] USB drive fails e2fsck on startup

David Payne david at payneful.ca
Sun Aug 5 19:43:45 ADT 2007


I recently installed Arch Linux but I ran into a problem. I 
have an external USB hard drive /dev/sdb with thiree ext3 
partitions /dev/sdb1-3.  If I add it to /etc/fstab with 
default options on boot it complains that e2fsck fails and I 
have to type my root password to "fix" it.  I comment it out 
of /etc/fstab and boot as normal.  After I boot I run e2fsck 
on the partitions it comes up clean.  A also mount them 
using the mount command and it has no problems with that 
either.  I can read/write to all my files.  I don't think it 
can see the drive at the point in time where it trys to 
check the disks on startup.  What can I do to get it to 
mount on startup?


David Payne

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