Cannot get 2nd hard drive recognized

Asked by TomNC on 2008-01-31

I am a novice to Ubuntus. I am learning it as a hobby in my retirement age.
I Have "Gutsy Gibbon" installed on my computer. I just installed another disk which is formated in NTSF. I cannot get the Linux program to recognize the disk or if it is I don't know the language or where to look. I am an old hand at all MS windows versions and have built several computers.
Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks TOMNC

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2008-02-02
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2008-02-02
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2008-02-01
Allen Chemist (alchemist) said : #1

Hi Tom,

One of the things that can screw the NTFS up is if it is not properly unmounted. I'm assuming you have some data on the drive currently, from Windows.

Is it possible to go back in to windows and shut it down properly?

Also, can you try to suss out if this is actually the problem.

Can you cick on Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal, and type in the following commands:
sudo fdisk -l

This will list all disks that are in your system. Find the one that seems to be missing (it will probably be /dev/sdb1, /dev/hdb1 or similar), and try this:
mkdir tmp
sudo mount /dev/sdb1 tmp

This will probably spit out some sort of error as to why it's not working.

Let me know if any of this helps
-Allen

TomNC (tyost) said : #2

I tried this and HD not shown. I did a partition search and only found primary disk. I took this disk off a windows vista operation but formatted it before I installed it on the other computer. I think I will put back on the windows operation and possible format it as FAT . I appreciate the prompt answer.
Tom

Allen Chemist (alchemist) said : #3

Tom,

Can you copy and paste the output of the following command here:
sudo fidisk -l

(note that is an L on the end, in lower case)

TomNC (tyost) said : #4

Your question #23522 on hal in ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/hal/+question/23522

    Status: Answered => Open

You are still having a problem:
I tried this and HD not shown. I did a partition search and only found primary disk. I took this disk off a windows vista operation but formatted it before I installed it on the other computer. I think I will put back on the windows operation and possible format it as FAT . I appreciate the prompt answer.
Tom

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TomNC (tyost) said : #5

tom@tom-desktop:~$ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for tom:

Disk /dev/hda: 61.4 GB, 61492838400 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7476 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xdd20173a

   Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 7165 57552831 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 7166 7476 2498107+ 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 7166 7476 2498076 82 Linux swap /
Solaris
tom@tom-desktop:~$

On Thu, 2008-01-31 at 21:12 +0000, TomNC wrote:
> Your question #23522 on hal in ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/hal/+question/23522
>
> Status: Answered => Open
>
> You are still having a problem:
> I tried this and HD not shown. I did a partition search and only found primary disk. I took this disk off a windows vista operation but formatted it before I installed it on the other computer. I think I will put back on the windows operation and possible format it as FAT . I appreciate the prompt answer.
> Tom
>

Allen Chemist (alchemist) said : #6

From that output, I don't even see the second disk. Are you sure it's installed correctly (master/slave setting correct?) Does the bios see it? If you still have windows on this machine, does it work there?

Even if the drive is unformatted, or formatted in something Linux doesn't understand the disk still shows up in the 'listing of disks (fdisk -l)' command

-Allen

TomNC (tyost) said : #7

Problem is resolved. I pulled the disk, took away the slave designation and used a new cable. It was recognized right away.
Thanks for all your help, Allen and others. If I stay in Ubuntu I'm sure I'll soon be back
Thanks again