Ubuntu :: External USB Drive Disappears / Get That?

May 4, 2010

Ubuntu 10.4 x86
External USB Panasonic OneTouch 4 HDD formatted Ext2

After rebooting the computer the USB external HDD I use for backup appears and is accessible at /media/OneTouch 4

A few minutes later I check and it's unmounted itself (apparently) because it's no longer there.

Restart the computer and it appears for a while once again, then disappears.

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