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    Invisible folders

    Hey y'all, got a problem...
    My external IOMEGA 2TB HD has been working fine with my UBUNTU 10.04LTS computer for about a year now but today I got an old G4 powerbook running and wanted to get some files from it so I unplugged my 2TB HD from my UBUNTU computer and plugged it into my G4. When I tried to copy a file from the G4 to the 2TB HD I got a prompt that said the drive wasn't able to copy files to it because I didn't have "permission". After plugging it back in to my UBUNTU computer I am now unable to see the folders or files names or anything for that matter. I plugged it back in to the G4 and am able to see the folders on that computer but not on my main UBUNTU computer. I don't need to see them on my old G4 I need to see them on my UBUNTU computer. Any ideas?

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    Re: Invisible folders

    did you umnount, or eject the drive before removing it, or did you just yank the cable out?

    do this both on your Ubuntu and your Apple device, reboot both and see if that helped

    inproperly removing a drive can confuse the OS about the drive's status, and make it difficult to mount it again
    also some operating systems lock the drive. if the OS doesn't get the chance to release the drive before disconnecting, other devices can't acces it.

    bottom line: always properly software-eject the drive before disconnecting, especially when using an external drive between more than one computer.
    Last edited by Yougo; December 26th, 2012 at 01:16 PM. Reason: elaborate
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    Re: Invisible folders

    when you exchange files with a mac the mac tends to change the ownership sometimes. do this and see if the files shows.
    Code:
    gksudo nautilus /media
    browse to the externa drive forlder

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    Re: Invisible folders

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    Quote Originally Posted by fdrake View Post
    when you exchange files with a mac the mac tends to change the ownership sometimes. do this and see if the files shows.
    Code:
    gksudo nautilus /media
    browse to the externa drive forlder
    All good fdrake, but just wondering if it might chuck the external drive in /mnt in newer releases ... as in:

    Code:
    gksudo nautilus /mnt
    Last edited by Bucky Ball; December 26th, 2012 at 01:46 PM.

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    Re: Invisible folders

    Hey Yougo,
    Yes, I unmounted the drives properly. I tried it again and the files are still not visible. Any other ideas?

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    Re: Invisible folders

    i guess the damage may already has been done. follow fdrake and Bucky Balls suggestions to see if superuser has acces to the drive
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    Re: Invisible folders

    Since the trouble seems to have happened after you've unplugged the external disk from the Powerbook, you might try install hfsplus on your UBUNTU PC and verify if one or more of their tools are able to solve your problem.

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    Re: Invisible folders

    Hey iMac71
    I've installed hfs but can't access it. Is it a gui?
    thanks

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    Re: Invisible folders

    Quote Originally Posted by cheath View Post
    Hey iMac71
    I've installed hfs but can't access it. Is it a gui?
    thanks
    no, they're command line tools.

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