Since my laptop's HD was full I decided to convert my music library (which is lossless FLAC) into 500 kbps OGG. Using the Windows converting application dBpoweramp under wine I set it to convert the copy of my library residing on my backup drive. I planned to keep both lossless and lossy versions stored on the backup and then keep only the lossy version on the laptop's internal drive. Once the conversion was complete I deleted the copy of my library on the laptop to make room for the new one.
On a whim I also decided to clear some space on my desk by moving the external drive off of it. I tried to unmount it but a message appeared saying there were still some processes running and the drive was in use. Some dBpoweramp-related processes were still running it turns out, even though the conversion had finished several minutes ago. I killed all the processes (which apparently was a bad move) and then unmounted the external drive and powered it off. Once I plugged it back in and attempted to mount it I got the following error:
Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 11: ntfs-3g: Failed to access volume '/dev/sdb1': No such file or directory
ntfs-3g 2011.4.12AR.4 external FUSE 28 - Third Generation NTFS Driver
Configuration type 7, XATTRS are on, POSIX ACLS are on
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Usage: ntfs-3g [-o option[,...]] <device|image_file> <mount_point>
Options: ro (read-only mount), remove_hiberfile, uid=, gid=,
umask=, fmask=, dmask=, streams_interface=.
Please see the details in the manual (type: man ntfs-3g).
Example: ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows
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Now since I hadn't yet re-copied my library back to my laptop's internal drive, my library is stuck on the external drive and I can't access it. There is still an unconverted copy saved on my mp3 player's drive so all is not completely lost, but it took almost 48 continuous hours to convert, with lots of bugs and annoyances along the way, and I sincerely hope I don't have to go through that again. Please help!