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Dec 2, 2010

I have an external eSATA hard drive that has been working fine for months for backing up (I had been rsync'ing to it every night). For my configuration, see [URL]

I can no longer mount the drive with eSATA (doesn't even recognize it). It was mounted on /dev/sdb1. The drive also has a USB ... I tried that and it mounts fine.

So, my data is ok, but I want to resume nightly backups (via eSATA).

Here is some output:

fstab (2 lines below 'cause I swap HDD's between my dock and offsite storage):

proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
UUID=228d6ffc-c50e-425d-a768-fcb9c22d8383 / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
UUID=aa75b03b-5037-4b0b-b73b-0c1f017c89dd none swap sw


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