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    How to Mount External HDD on Ubuntu

    Hello All,

    Please I need help,

    I'am new with Ubuntu - Linux,
    I have external HDD that I used with my Windows before, I would like to use it now on Ubuntu. As soon as I plug it in, it tells me that HDD cannot be mounted!!??

    What to do?

    Please help

    Thank you All

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    Re: How to Mount External HDD on Ubuntu

    Make sure you use the safely remove hardware (little icon in the lower right corner) in windows to unmount it first before you unplug it.

    Otherwise. open a terminal and post the output of this command here.

    Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    That is a lower case letter L, not number 1.
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    Re: How to Mount External HDD on Ubuntu

    yes I did what you said, but still nothing, and this is what I get:

    server@server-laptop:~$ sudo fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x90909090

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 19128 153645628+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 19129 19457 2642692+ 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 19129 19457 2642661 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Disk /dev/sdb: 750.1 GB, 750156374016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xa4b57300

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 1 91201 732572001 7 HPFS/NTFS
    server@server-laptop:~$

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    Re: How to Mount External HDD on Ubuntu

    What is the error message when you try to mount it by hand from a terminal?

    Code:
    sudo mkdir /media/sdb1
    sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1
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    Re: How to Mount External HDD on Ubuntu

    This is the message:

    Cannot mount volume
    Unable to mount the volume FreeAgent Drive.

    THEN TELLS ME THIS MESSAGE below:

    DBus error org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NoReply: Did not receive a reply. Possible causes include: the remote application did not send a reply, the message bus security policy blocked the reply, the reply timeout expired, or the network connection was broken.

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    Re: How to Mount External HDD on Ubuntu

    Failed to mount '/dev/sdb1': Operation not supported
    Mount is denied because NTFS is marked to be in use. Choose one action:

    Choice 1: If you have Windows then disconnect the external devices by
    clicking on the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon in the Windows
    taskbar then shutdown Windows cleanly.

    Choice 2: If you don't have Windows then you can use the 'force' option for
    your own responsibility. For example type on the command line:

    mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1 -o force

    Or add the option to the relevant row in the /etc/fstab file:

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    Re: How to Mount External HDD on Ubuntu

    Got it to work )

    Thank you.

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    Re: How to Mount External HDD on Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by gordanr View Post
    Failed to mount '/dev/sdb1': Operation not supported
    Mount is denied because NTFS is marked to be in use. Choose one action:

    Choice 1: If you have Windows then disconnect the external devices by
    clicking on the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon in the Windows
    taskbar then shutdown Windows cleanly.

    Choice 2: If you don't have Windows then you can use the 'force' option for
    your own responsibility. For example type on the command line:

    mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1 -o force

    Or add the option to the relevant row in the /etc/fstab file:
    Didn't I say something about that in my initial reply?

    1. You can boot into windows and unmount it first before you unplug it.

    2. You can install ntfsprogs and use ntfsfix to fix it.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install ntfsprogs
    sudo ntfsfix /dev/sdb1
    3. Or you can use the force option to mount it.
    Code:
    sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /media/sdb1 -o force
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    Re: How to Mount External HDD on Ubuntu

    You are Genius,

    Now can you tell me how can I share this External HDD on my Network - Lan? with Ubuntu.

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