I have a 1TB Western Digital Elements USB drive connected to a sheeva plug with Debian installed. I use autofs for auto mounting USB drives. Here are the options I currently use.
usb1 -fstype=auto,umask=000,user,rw,async :/dev/sda1
The drive spins down every now and then and when that happens, the mount point
/mnt/usb1 seems like it disappears. Running
dir /mnt displays nothing when the drive spin down; however the drive can still be accessed by
Is there a way to setup autofs so that usb1 can always be visible and still allow the drive to spin down?