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When I plug in my USB external hard drive, it will show on the menu for a short while, and then disappear. It also sets an icon on the desktop, but that will disappear too. Sometimes it will not mount at all. This started happening when I upgraded from 10.04 to 12.04. How do I keep the external drive mounted automatically?

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Type dmesg in a terminal window when that happens and see whether there is anything useful. Provide that information. –  January Aug 22 '12 at 5:04
    
I figured out that the external HD, a Maxtor, is dead. It did not work in Windows or Linux in any of my machines, after all. Bought a new one, and it is working fine... –  Steve G. Aug 28 '12 at 12:08
    
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a faulty hardware. –  Eric Carvalho Aug 21 '13 at 12:12
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