Renaming USB device

RW rwmaillists at
Tue Nov 10 23:53:17 UTC 2009

On Tue, 10 Nov 2009 17:19:39 -0600
Peter Steele <psteele at> wrote:

> When a system has a USB drive present, the system typically names
> it /dev/da0. However, if the system has SATA drives hooked to an LSI
> controller, or if the system has SCSI drives, the same drive prefix
> is used as is for the USB drive. For our purposes, we'd like to
> separate the USB drive from the main hard drives as far as the drive
> prefix is concerned, for example something like /dev/usb0 would be
> ideal. I realize this is something that likely has to be done in the
> form of a kernel patch, but the question is can it be easily done

you can use glabel to give the devices unique names.

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