Mounting Windows-XP external disk via Linux USB port

Asked by Julianloui on 2012-10-02

I've been able to mount and dismount USB devices on my HPd530-based Ubuntu 12.04 Linux ystem since June 2012. When I plugged in a Windows-XP external disk drive at a USB port yesterday, Linux did not recognize it or notice its presence. How can
I make Linux accept it as a USB device without having to reformat it? Thanks.

Julianvb

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2012-10-04
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When you unplugged it from the Windows system, did you safetly eject it?

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #2

Before you connect your USB drive

Open a terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and enter the following commands

lsusb; fdisk -l;

Enter password when asked .Plug the device in wait 20 seconds to give your computer and enter the commands again.

Can you also answer the following questions

1. Does the drive still work with Windows
2. What's the format type: NTFS, FAT?
3 as asked above: When you unplugged it from the Windows system, did you safetly eject it?

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #3

Forgot to say paste results back here

Julianloui (julianloui) said : #4

Hi Everyone,

I am happy to report that I've finally solved my problem by following Warren Hill's excellent advice and by reformatting my 40-GB Iomega HD via Windows XP to NTFS before returning it to my 12.04 Ubuntu computer. Now 12.04 automatically detects and displays it under Devices when the system is turned on.

My sincere thanks to Warren and Ubuntu.

Julian Loui