This is a summary of the steps I've taken to set up a Maxtor USB disk vanilla RedHat 8.0 box, more for my own future reference than as a compreehensive setup guide.
I had a 120GB USB disk that had been repartitioned under Mac OS X and wanted to re-use it on my PC environment. However, Windows XP refused to format it as FAT32 (anything larger than 32GB is to be NTFS by default), even on the command line.
So I hooked it up to my RedHat laptop and got this output in /var/log/messages:
kernel: hub.c: USB new device connect on bus1/2, assigned device number 2 kernel: usb.c: USB device 2 (vend/prod 0xd49/0x3010) is not claimed by any active driver. /etc/hotplug/usb.agent: Setup usb-storage for USB product d49/3010/100 kernel: SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00 kernel: Initializing USB Mass Storage driver... kernel: usb.c: registered new driver usb-storage kernel: usb-uhci.c: interrupt, status 2, frame# 1393 kernel: usb_control/bulk_msg: timeout kernel: scsi0 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices kernel: Vendor: Maxtor Model: 3000LE v01.00.00 Rev: 0100 kernel: Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02 kernel: USB Mass Storage support registered. kernel: Attached scsi disk sda at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
Another way to verify it was connected would have been typing:
# cat /proc/scsi/scsi Attached devices: Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 Id: 00 Lun: 00 Vendor: Maxtor Model: 3000LE v01.00.00 Rev: 0100 Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02
I then proceeded to partition it with:
# fdisk /dev/sda0
# mkfs.vfat -F 32 -n VolumeLabel /dev/sda1
These instructions worked for me. There is no guarantee (express or implied) that they'll work for you, nor will I necessarily be able to help you if anything goes wrong.