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Owner problem external usb hd

Hi All,

Since I installed Lenny from scratch a while ago, I have problems accessing my
external usb hd. It is plugged in to a usb port permanently, but I
only turn on the
power if I need to access it (I use it for backup).

As I turn on the power, it reports as owned by root, but when still on Etch,
I formatted it like this:

#  umount /dev/sde
#  mkfs.ext3 -b 4096 -j -m 1 -L Maxtor -T largefile -v /dev/sde
#  tune2fs -c -1 /dev/sde
#  chown manon:manon /media/Maxtor

I never had any problem like this with Etch, but now, even after repeatedly
changing ownership to manon, it still reports root as owner when I turn the
power on again.

Sometimes it even appears to be completely empty after I did
#  chown manon:manon /media/Maxtor
and I cannot access any data at all anymore.
I also tried:  '#  chown manon:manon /dev/sde'  but that didn't help either.

Any ideas what could cause this problem and how to solve it?

Thanks in advance, Manon.

Linux debian 2.6.26-2-686 #1 SMP Thu Mar 26 01:08:11 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux

#  less  /media/.hal-mtab
/dev/sde  1000  0  ext3  nosuid,nodev,uhelper=hal,data=ordered  /media/Maxtor

#  dumpe2fs /dev/sde
dumpe2fs 1.41.3 (12-Oct-2008)
Filesystem volume name:   Maxtor
Last mounted on:          <not available>
Filesystem UUID:          99b7fdbd-5d8e-45bf-a1ec-74b774a39fc9
Filesystem magic number:  0xEF53
Filesystem revision #:    1 (dynamic)
Filesystem features:      has_journal resize_inode dir_index filetype
needs_recovery sparse_super large_file
Filesystem flags:         signed_directory_hash
Default mount options:    (none)
Filesystem state:         clean
Errors behavior:          Continue
Filesystem OS type:       Linux
Inode count:              610560
Block count:              156282966
Reserved block count:     1562829
Free blocks:              59277244
Free inodes:              603706
First block:              0
Block size:               4096
Fragment size:            4096
Reserved GDT blocks:      986
Blocks per group:         32768
Fragments per group:      32768
Inodes per group:         128
Inode blocks per group:   4
Filesystem created:       Sun Nov 16 18:35:36 2008
Last mount time:          Wed May 13 18:15:07 2009
Last write time:          Wed May 13 18:15:07 2009
Mount count:              54
Maximum mount count:      28
Last checked:             Sun Nov 16 18:35:36 2008
Check interval:           15552000 (6 months)
Next check after:         Fri May 15 19:35:36 2009
Reserved blocks uid:      0 (user root)
Reserved blocks gid:      0 (group root)
First inode:              11
Inode size:               128
Journal inode:            8
Default directory hash:   tea
Directory Hash Seed:      762114b0-1dbb-4677-8b23-934e5a2b0fe3
Journal backup:           inode blocks
Journal size:             128M

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