I cannot mount my maxtor external hardrive

Asked by gwotet on 2009-01-18

So I HAD Windows, got rid of it and am running Intrepid(I am new[noob]). I have read around seeing that this is a common problem, but I think mine might be a little different.

I safely removed this in Windows before I switched to 8.10, but it says that I cannot mount it. I also did a force mount, but I have no idea how to view the contents(my movies, and music). In other words, it did not work.

What should I do?

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Andrew (and471) said : #1

First can you plug in your hd, wait a few secs, open a terminal (Applications>Accessories>Terminal) and type in

sudo fdisk -l

(Enter your password when asked) then can you copy the output it gives you and paste it here.

gwotet (tyspurlock) said : #2

Disk /dev/sda: 100.0 GB, 100030242816 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 12161 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x94e494e4

   Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 11977 96205221 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 11978 12161 1477980 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 11978 12161 1477948+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 122.9 GB, 122941341696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14946 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xfd04d36a

   Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 14593 117218241 7 HPFS/NTFS

Andrew (and471) said : #3

Okay, if you look down the bottom of that output, I assume to /dev/sdb is your external hardrive.

Therefore, can you open a Terminal again, and type in the command:

sudo mkdir /media/ex-disk

(enter your password when asked).

Then can you type in:

sudo mount -t ntfs -o nls=utf8,umask=0222 /dev/sdb1 /media/ex-disk

(This basically tells ubuntu to mount the hard disk on the point /media/ex-disk with the type ntfs)

Hope this Helps!

gwotet (tyspurlock) said : #4

Thanks. I can get into the drive now.

Another thing, it still says that the drive cannot be mounted/unmounted. I can access all of my stuff though.

Is this a problem that I should try to address, or should I not worry?

-GwoTet

Andrew (and471) said : #5

Where does it say that?

gwotet (tyspurlock) said : #6

When I plug the drive in, or when I click unmount volume a window appears.

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> Your question #57864 on Ubuntu changed:
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> You are still having a problem:
> Thanks. I can get into the drive now.
>
> Another thing, it still says that the drive cannot be mounted/unmounted.
> I can access all of my stuff though.
>
> Is this a problem that I should try to address, or should I not worry?
>
> -GwoTet
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Best Andrew (and471) said : #7

It may be because your drive is formatted as NTFS, but apart form that I don't know, but I wouldn't worry. BTW To unmount your drive, run the command:

sudo umount /media/ex-disk

(that is umount not unmount)

gwotet (tyspurlock) said : #8

Thanks rugby471, that solved my question.