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OSX Lion Multiple Volumes

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Hi All,

I have a consistent problem where new volumes (or volume pointers) will be created for the same drive.  See attached.  "ELEMENTS" is a 300GB USB drive.  "1TB-DSS" is a brand new 1TB USB drive.  I properly dismount them every time before pulling the USB plug, but for some reason, I'll have "ELEMENTS" only, and then a new "ELEMENTS 1" will show up.

As you can see from the screenshot, each volume "directory" doesn't have the same files, which is the real source of my problem.  For example, when I bought "1TB-DSS", I added "Zipped" and "pics".  Later on, I added "dsstaowin7-parallels" and other directories without realizing that OS X was now seeing these under "1TB-DSS 1" instead of just "1TB-DSS".

This problem has persisted since I had Snow Leopard, and now I'm on Lion, with no change in behavior.  It happens on multiple USB drives too as you can see.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Dave
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Do those directories exist after removal of your USB drives?
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Great question.  Yes, these exist even when the drives are disconnected.
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Are their respective mount points correct?

Check this via fstab
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I have actually wiped the box and reinstalled Lion from scratch.  So far, the issue has not recurred, though it's only been a couple of weeks.
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There are several volume related issues when upgrading from Snow > Lion. It is however recommended that you first upgrade to lion, pop a time machine backup. Wipe and reinstall a clean install with lion and restore the time machine (apps and files) not preferences.

Lion was one of Steve Job's babies and he was gagging to see it come out, I guess it was brought out in an untimely fashion (much like the iPhone 4S).
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Without having had the problem recur since I did the fresh install of Lion, I have to conclude that this solution is the answer.
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