Hdd format from win7 wont accept on Ibuntu

Asked by Larry Hopkins on 2012-09-20

I have all my files backed up on my external hard drive. It is formatted as Fat. When i plug it in Ubuntu says it is unsupported and will not mount so i9 can use. All my video, music, and personal files are on it. I would like to use them with the new OS. Also does anythinf as software for windowsis it transferrable. Do I have download all the neccessary stuff I use on a daily basis from Ubuntu. I really like this slimmed down system and would love to be able to use some of my other stuff with this system. Will that work.and if so how ?

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Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #1

See here


fat16 and fat32 should normally auto mount,

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #2

Are you sure its FAT? If the drive is large enough then Win 7 will probably format ntfs unless told otherwise.

Larry Hopkins (hopkins3533) said : #3

i checked it on my win 7 os it says it is. ubuntu keeps telling me it cant mount .

If it is formatted as FAT then I recommend you get the file system checked in Windows. Also you MUST remember to safely remove the device before you physically unplug it as FAT has very little robustness and simply yanking out the device without syncing and graceful unmounting will cause data loss. You will probably find that once you get the system checked that it mounts as you expect

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #5

It should mount so lets see what may be going wrong

With the external drive not connected
Open a terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and enter the following command

sudo fdisk -l

Now plug the drive in wait a few seconds and enter the command again

You will be asked for your password, enter it when asked. Note there is no feedback when you enter your password but it is being accepted.

Post all the results back here together with any error messages you see.

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