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My book and backup question
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Phil
2011-12-04 05:07:24 UTC
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I've just bought a Western Digital My Book 1 tera byte usb drive which
works well except for the purpose that I bought it for.

Mandriva's backup utility recognises the drive but I cannot allocate
space for the backup, maximum space = 0. I had originally formatted the
drive into two ext4 partitions with gparted and thinking that might be
the problem I reformatted to ext3. The result is the same. I also tried
a smaller partition, but again, with the same result.

I have another external drive (brand unknown) that I've used for years
but it is now too small for the amount of backup data.

Can anyone offer a solution?
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Phil
Phil
2011-12-04 06:08:27 UTC
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Post by Phil
I've just bought a Western Digital My Book 1 tera byte usb drive which
works well except for the purpose that I bought it for.
There was a space in the label name which drak backup didn't like.
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Regards,
Phil
Gene Heskett
2011-12-04 06:38:09 UTC
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Post by Phil
I've just bought a Western Digital My Book 1 tera byte usb drive which
works well except for the purpose that I bought it for.
Because there probably is not room for a 2nd drive, you are probably going
to need a drive in a usb enclosure. But that is what you have. Do you
have permissions to write to that volume when running as the normal user?

In which case I would use amanda, but then I'm partial to it, have been
using it, essentially building the latest alpha versions as soon as they
show so that I essentially play the part of the canary in the coal mine for
amanda's development for about 12 years now.
Post by Phil
Mandriva's backup utility recognises the drive but I cannot allocate
space for the backup, maximum space = 0. I had originally formatted the
drive into two ext4 partitions with gparted and thinking that might be
the problem I reformatted to ext3. The result is the same. I also tried
a smaller partition, but again, with the same result.
Again, check the permissions.
Post by Phil
I have another external drive (brand unknown) that I've used for years
but it is now too small for the amount of backup data.
How big is it?
Post by Phil
Can anyone offer a solution?
Cheers, Gene
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Phil
2011-12-05 01:19:59 UTC
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Post by Gene Heskett
Post by Phil
I've just bought a Western Digital My Book 1 tera byte usb drive which
works well except for the purpose that I bought it for.
Because there probably is not room for a 2nd drive, you are probably going
to need a drive in a usb enclosure. But that is what you have. Do you
have permissions to write to that volume when running as the normal user?
Thanks for taking the time to answer Gene. As is often the case the
solution was simpler than I had expected.
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Regards,
Phil
Jonathan Remener
2011-12-05 02:16:57 UTC
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This is off topic, but to warn you these terabyte drives can be very
fragile, and the cases don't offer much shock protection. I've had a
three hour car trip damage a drive that I thought was packed away fairly
carefully.
Post by Phil
Post by Gene Heskett
Post by Phil
I've just bought a Western Digital My Book 1 tera byte usb drive which
works well except for the purpose that I bought it for.
Because there probably is not room for a 2nd drive, you are probably going
to need a drive in a usb enclosure. But that is what you have. Do you
have permissions to write to that volume when running as the normal user?
Thanks for taking the time to answer Gene. As is often the case the
solution was simpler than I had expected.
Gene Heskett
2011-12-05 02:54:24 UTC
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Post by Phil
Post by Gene Heskett
Post by Phil
I've just bought a Western Digital My Book 1 tera byte usb drive
which works well except for the purpose that I bought it for.
Because there probably is not room for a 2nd drive, you are probably
going to need a drive in a usb enclosure. But that is what you have.
Do you have permissions to write to that volume when running as the
normal user?
Thanks for taking the time to answer Gene. As is often the case the
solution was simpler than I had expected.
Yeah, thanks & NP. I saw that go by in the next message. But it doesn't
hurt to 'keep the channels open' either. Glad you got it working.

Cheers, Gene
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