Why do think slackware would make mounting hard drives so complicated? I would like to tinker all sorts of unix/linux distros.If something does not work, I would like to know why and find ways around it.
I'm going to tell Patrick Volkerding what you said....lol
Mounting of hard drives in slackware can be very simple by using the good old mount and umount commands, once hal and the udev functions began being installed in base distros it became needlessly complicated, which is why you are having this issue.
To the best of my recollection you are using slackware-current 32-bit, but to be able to test for similar issues and seek a resolution I need a confirmation of what version of slackware you are using and what architecture it is for.