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    "Unable to mount Expansion Drive"

    I was extracting and moving around music on my external hard drive (which has been working without a problem with ubuntu 10.04 for the past few weeks) and out of nowhere I got this error message.


    Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 13: $MFTMirr does not match $MFT (record 0).
    Failed to mount '/dev/sdb1': Input/output error
    NTFS is either inconsistent, or there is a hardware fault, or it's a
    SoftRAID/FakeRAID hardware. In the first case run chkdsk /f on Windows
    then reboot into Windows twice. The usage of the /f parameter is very
    important! If the device is a SoftRAID/FakeRAID then first activate
    it and mount a different device under the /dev/mapper/ directory, (e.g.
    /dev/mapper/nvidia_eahaabcc1). Please see the 'dmraid' documentation
    for more details.



    I read this thread and from what I gather it might be just a file corruption (since I was extracting music from zip/rar, maybe the corruption became a problem upon extraction...) but I don't understand what it means by 'mount the drive in windows'. Does it mean mount the external in a Windows operating system or something else?

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    Re: "Unable to mount Expansion Drive"

    Yes, NTFS is a Windows filesystem and needs Windows to run chkdsk (=fsck in Linux). You could probably also do it with a Windows boot CD if you don't have Windows installed any more.
    Last edited by pastalavista; July 12th, 2010 at 03:36 AM.

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    Re: "Unable to mount Expansion Drive"

    I still have XP on my computer, but it is virused to hell and freezes as soon as it boots. I have a Windows 2000 disc, but how do I mount the drive with a boot cd? I haven't tried it yet because I don't know what steps might be involved, and I don't want to mess up anything else.

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    Re: "Unable to mount Expansion Drive"

    See post 2 of this thread....

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1144175
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    Re: "Unable to mount Expansion Drive"

    I seem to be doing something wrong, I looked at the error message that comes up when I try to access the external and it says this (among other things):

    Failed to mount '/dev/sdb1': Input/output error

    So I gather that the drive is called /dev/sdb1, but when I put
    $ sudo ntfsfi /dev/sdb1

    as the thread instructs, it says 'command not found'

    But I copied from the thread and put
    $ sudo ntfsfix /dev/sda2

    just to see what would happen, and it said this:

    Mounting volume... Failed to startup volume: Invalid argument.
    FAILED
    Attempting to correct errors... FAILED
    Failed to startup volume: Invalid argument.
    Volume is corrupt. You should run chkdsk.


    Am I getting the name of the drive wrong?
    Also on that thread Hiren's BootCD was recommended, but I can't find where to get it. They have a ton of freeware for download, but I am not very computer savvy at all and I have no clue where to go from here... I would run chkdsk ASAP if only I knew how!

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    Re: "Unable to mount Expansion Drive"

    Hirens boot CD available for download here...

    http://www.hirensbootcd.net/download...ootCD.10.6.zip

    A list of whats on the CD...

    http://www.hirensbootcd.net/cd-conte...-hbcd-106.html
    Last edited by IcarusR; July 12th, 2010 at 08:18 PM.
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    Smile Re: "Unable to mount Expansion Drive"

    Quote Originally Posted by Moerketid View Post
    I seem to be doing something wrong, I looked at the error message that comes up when I try to access the external and it says this (among other things):

    Failed to mount '/dev/sdb1': Input/output error

    So I gather that the drive is called /dev/sdb1, but when I put
    $ sudo ntfsfi /dev/sdb1

    as the thread instructs, it says 'command not found'

    But I copied from the thread and put
    $ sudo ntfsfix /dev/sda2

    just to see what would happen, and it said this:

    Mounting volume... Failed to startup volume: Invalid argument.
    FAILED
    Attempting to correct errors... FAILED
    Failed to startup volume: Invalid argument.
    Volume is corrupt. You should run chkdsk.


    Am I getting the name of the drive wrong?
    Also on that thread Hiren's BootCD was recommended, but I can't find where to get it. They have a ton of freeware for download, but I am not very computer savvy at all and I have no clue where to go from here... I would run chkdsk ASAP if only I knew how!
    I also had a problem mounting my Seagate 1gb Expansion drive. i tried several ways to try to get it mounted in 12.04, eventually, I safely removed the external Seagate drive, deleted the seagate entry in my fstab file, saved the fstab file, then re-plugged in the Seagate drive and voila, it worked without having to go through changing permissions or the fstab file.Hope this helps.

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