Connecting the external hard drive to my computer (Maxtor One Touch 200GB, FireWire & USB 2.0/1.1)

The hard drive was connected to Redhat9 Linux via firewire and the hard drive had a reiserfs filesystem. It was supposed to be used for backups, but suddenly stopped working (it was not anymore recognized during system startup). Probably that had something to do with the external USB zip drive. Both are apparently visible to the system as SCSI devices and the zip drive might have (via automount) occupied the sda number that was manually added to /etc/fstab to enable the Maxtor hard drive. To check whether everything is OK with the drive itself, I connected it to my work computer.

smb mounts via fstab or automount?

I have many computers I need to connect to from my Linux box. Network browsing works, but is terribly slow, so I want to create some shortcuts, that I can mount with a single mouseclick what I need from a list. First I thought to modify the fstab and put there entries that would allow me to easily mount smb shares as a normal user. E.g.:

//paula/michael /media/smbmounts smbfs noauto,user,credentials=/home/jeltsch/.smbpasswd1 0 0

Mounting of vfat partitions and accession privilege management mapping (fstab, vfat, umask, fmask, dmask, users)

Old Windows (i.e. fat partitions) are no problem for Linux. advanced installers like Yast automatically recognize them and make them available under Linux. However, sometimes the accession privileges are not as you need them. In order to make a fat partition (un)mountable to all users and make every file/directory +rwx for everybody, the fstab needs to look like this: /dev/hda2 /media/windows/E vfat defaults,users,uid=500,gid=100,umask=000 0 0 Additionally Linux owner 500 and group 100 mapped as an for all files.