Today I thought I’d blog about one of the most annoying problems I’ve had since migrating to linux at home.Â FYI I only use an 8.04 HP Ubuntu laptop and have a spare dell ubuntu laptop at home for general domestic use.
I back up all my files (tens of GB) whenever I can , and when I was a windows user I used a removable USB hard drive.Â Since migrating to linux, this has proved almost useless as its NTFS not EXT3 or similar, and it sometimes mounts, then demounts without warning.Â And it wont work with USB2, only a USB1.1 hub which makes it really slow.
So, what I’ve decided to do is to have an old desktop running as a server with a 160GB hard drive in it, and use ethernet to access it.Â Once I finally get all the data off the USB drive, I’ll retire it.
I’ve also found that USB memory sticks (and an iplayer MP3 player) work with my dell 8.04 laptop, but not myHP 8.04 laptop.
Perhaps someone could tell me (and the world) why windows can mount and demount drives via usb automatically as you plug them in and out multiple times, but linux dosnt have this function?Â This is a really annoying functionality drawback that does frustrate people when they are used to windows USB handling.