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http://www.linuxquestions.org – Hi all, I have a 1TB Western Digital external drive that I carry around with me. It used to work flawlessly, but now, increasingly, it doesn't get recognized when I plug it in. The drive spins, so there is *some* communication happening, but nothing in dmesg, and no device to mount in /dev. It's been happening more and more often, and today I just can't seem to get it recognized :( It has been happening on 2 different computers, both running Slackware 13. Any ideas? I hope the drive isn't dying :cry: (HowTos)