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    Won't recognize my external hard drive

    I have an external 250 gb Seagate HDD and I've never been able to get Ubuntu to even acknowledge its existence. Please help me as it has all of my files and info on it. If it helps, it's formatted as fat32 I think.

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    Re: Won't recognize my external hard drive

    With it plugged in type

    Code:
    lsusb
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    Then unplug and plug it back in again and type
    Code:
    dmesg | tail
    Post all output here.

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    Re: Won't recognize my external hard drive

    [ 3296.833938] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    [ 3296.833946] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 27 00 00 00
    [ 3296.833949] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
    [ 3296.835247] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 488397168 512-byte hardware sectors (250059 MB)
    [ 3296.836117] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    [ 3296.836123] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 27 00 00 00
    [ 3296.836127] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
    [ 3296.836137] sdb: sdb1
    [ 3296.856475] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk
    [ 3296.856532] sd 3:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 0

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    Re: Won't recognize my external hard drive

    what do the other 2 commands output?

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    Re: Won't recognize my external hard drive

    Entirety:
    smokey@Dimension-desktop:~$ lsub
    bash: lsub: command not found
    smokey@Dimension-desktop:~$ sudo fdisk -l
    [sudo] password for smokey:

    Disk /dev/sda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x5c4a5c4a

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 38349 308038311 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 38350 38913 4530330 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 38350 38913 4530298+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Disk /dev/sdb: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xeef844d8

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 1 30401 244196001 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    smokey@Dimension-desktop:~$ dmesg | tail
    [ 3296.833938] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    [ 3296.833946] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 27 00 00 00
    [ 3296.833949] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
    [ 3296.835247] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 488397168 512-byte hardware sectors (250059 MB)
    [ 3296.836117] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    [ 3296.836123] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 27 00 00 00
    [ 3296.836127] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
    [ 3296.836137] sdb: sdb1
    [ 3296.856475] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk
    [ 3296.856532] sd 3:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 0
    smokey@Dimension-desktop:~$

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    Re: Won't recognize my external hard drive

    Quote Originally Posted by masontgreen View Post
    Entirety:
    smokey@Dimension-desktop:~$ lsub
    bash: lsub: command not found
    smokey@Dimension-desktop:~$ sudo fdisk -l
    [sudo] password for smokey:

    Disk /dev/sda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x5c4a5c4a

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 38349 308038311 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 38350 38913 4530330 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 38350 38913 4530298+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Disk /dev/sdb: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xeef844d8

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 1 30401 244196001 c W95 FAT32
    (LBA)
    smokey@Dimension-desktop:~$ dmesg | tail
    [ 3296.833938] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    [ 3296.833946] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 27 00 00 00
    [ 3296.833949] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
    [ 3296.835247] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] 488397168 512-byte hardware sectors (250059 MB)
    [ 3296.836117] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
    [ 3296.836123] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 27 00 00 00
    [ 3296.836127] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
    [ 3296.836137] sdb: sdb1
    [ 3296.856475] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk
    [ 3296.856532] sd 3:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 0
    smokey@Dimension-desktop:~$
    There it is
    Code:
    sudo mkdir /media/drive
    Code:
    sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /media/drive
    All your files will now be in /media/drive

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    Re: Won't recognize my external hard drive

    mount: special device /dev/sdbl does not exist

    It doesn't make sense... when I hook it up to my other pc running Open Solaris, it recognizes it immediately. With Ubuntu, it says it doesn't exist...?

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    Re: Won't recognize my external hard drive

    That`s a number one not a little L

    sdb1

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    Talking Re: Won't recognize my external hard drive

    Make sure you are using a one '1' and not an el 'l' at the end:

    Should be:

    /dev/sdb1 not /dev/sdbl (which it looks like from your post)
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    Re: Won't recognize my external hard drive

    Sorry. Noob mistake with the courrier font. Got it all worked out now. Thank you so much. You are something special to me.

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