WD External Disc Drive

Rob Hurle rob1940 at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 01:33:17 UTC 2009

Hi Manolis,

  Thanks very much for that very helpful reply:

>>   Now to FreeBSD.  The newly formatted (as NTFS) disc appears as two
>> devices - /dev/cd0 (never seen this before)
> This is how a USB cdrom appears to FreeBSD - as a SCSI device. No
> problem there.
>> cp: /usb0/MyStuff/test: No such file or directory
>> freebsd [11:08] ~#
> You are using the ntfs driver that is built-in the FreeBSD kernel. This
> is read only - you will be able to read from the disc, but not write to it.
> In order to be able to write to this disc, install sysutils/fusefs-ntfs
> and use the ntfs-3g command to mount your disk.

I've done that, and it looks good, but when I try to use it:

freebsd [12:12] /usr/ports#ll /dev/da0s1
crw-r-----  1 root  operator    0, 122 26 Oct 09:02 /dev/da0s1
freebsd [12:12] /usr/ports#ntfs-3g -o rw /dev/da0s1 /mnt
fuse: failed to open fuse device: No such file or directory

So the device is there, but ntfs-3g fails to see it.  Obviously
mount_ntfs sees it OK, from my previous experiments.  ntfs-3g.probe
exits with no errors, so it appears that it can see it OK:

freebsd [12:32] ~#ntfs-3g.probe --readwrite /dev/da0s1
freebsd [12:32] ~#

Is there something else that I need to install?

> If you are not going to use the disc to transfer data between Windows
> and FreeBSD, I would advise you to repartition the disk and create an
> NTFS partition for your windows data and a FreeBSD partition in UFS

Unfortunately, this is not the case.  I need to transfer between
FreeBSD and Windows, both ways :-(  Thanks again.

Rob Hurle
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