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    cant view hard disk

    Hi there all,
    I am having trouble veiwing my other hard drive on ide2, it's the primary.
    The weird thing is my system infomation program shows the drive is there but Xububtu does not display it in my home folder?
    Ive read around and im stuck now.
    It's been formated in NTSC format and has vista 32 bit.

    I know windows is unable to veiw Xubuntu but know linux can get at the other drive somehow.
    Thank you


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    Re: cant veiw hard disk

    Try with some terminal window commands and let us know the results

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -lu
    Code:
    sudo blkid
    Code:
    df
    Code:
    cat /etc/fstab
    This will make it easier to give advice.

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    Re: cant veiw hard disk

    Heres the results from the first code...

    dave@Systemax-desktop:~$ sudo fdisk -lu

    Disk /dev/sda: 164.7 GB, 164696555520 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 20023 cylinders, total 321672960 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x8c8fbd1a

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 321667071 160832512 7 HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0005adfe

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 2048 306569215 153283584 83 Linux
    /dev/sdb2 306571262 312580095 3004417 5 Extended
    /dev/sdb5 306571264 312580095 3004416 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    dave@Systemax-desktop:~$

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    Re: cant veiw hard disk

    and the second....

    dave@Systemax-desktop:~$ sudo blkid
    /dev/sda1: UUID="AA8CC7D48CC79969" TYPE="ntfs"
    /dev/sdb1: UUID="fd3809a0-92a2-47a8-8d76-32e8c9c631b5" TYPE="ext4"
    /dev/sdb5: UUID="f0813497-5b21-4bc7-9f1a-17ce1d0420c3" TYPE="swap"
    dave@Systemax-desktop:~$


    third...

    dave@Systemax-desktop:~$ df
    Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sdb1 150877404 20986408 122226820 15% /
    none 1544236 352 1543884 1% /dev
    none 1548476 1128 1547348 1% /dev/shm
    none 1548476 84 1548392 1% /var/run
    none 1548476 0 1548476 0% /var/lock
    none 1548476 0 1548476 0% /lib/init/rw
    dave@Systemax-desktop:~$

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    Re: cant veiw hard disk

    and the fourth...

    dave@Systemax-desktop:~$ cat /etc/fstab
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
    # for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
    # devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    #
    # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
    proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
    # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
    UUID=fd3809a0-92a2-47a8-8d76-32e8c9c631b5 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
    # swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
    UUID=f0813497-5b21-4bc7-9f1a-17ce1d0420c3 none swap sw 0 0
    /dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
    /dev/fd1 /media/floppy1 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
    dave@Systemax-desktop:~$

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    Re: cant veiw hard disk

    I guess you meant NTFS...

    Basically everything is explained here on how to mount Windows partitions:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Mo...dowsPartitions

    Honestly I don't like mounting NTFS filesystems read/write as there are always issues related to Windows credentials, locale etc...
    I would recommend to mount your NTFS partition read only and setup a small FAT32 partition for data exchanges between the 2 systems.

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    Re: cant veiw hard disk

    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent B View Post
    I guess you meant NTFS...

    Basically everything is explained here on how to mount Windows partitions:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Mo...dowsPartitions

    Honestly I don't like mounting NTFS filesystems read/write as there are always issues related to Windows credentials, locale etc...
    I would recommend to mount your NTFS partition read only and setup a small FAT32 partition for data exchanges between the 2 systems.
    +1
    Another alternative is to use a separate NTFS data partition.

    A third alternative is to install a tool into Windows to read ext file systems:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2fsd/
    --
    I see from the output of those commands, that your computer sees not only the drive, but also the NTFS partition with Windows. But there are no labels.

    In the file browser (I guess you use Thunar), there is usually a pane at the left side, where you can see available partitions (including your Windows partition). If you click on it, it should be mounted (and visible in the file browser as well as with the command df).

    Things will be easier if you add labels to your partitions. Use easy-to-understand labels: for example windows for the windows partition.

    You can edit partitions with the command line tool tune2fs,
    for example
    Code:
    sudo tune2fs -L windows /dev/sda1

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    Re: cant view hard disk

    NTFS, oh yes thats the one, I beleive NTSC was the American games/video format in the snez days.

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    Re: cant view hard disk

    Thanks for that to both, all taken on board,
    Yep, i am using the Thunar file manager but my drive does not show in the left hand pane.
    I would like to have it mount as read only as I only want to veiw some videos and access the music folder.

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    Re: cant view hard disk

    Thanks again for the help, im heading off now but will spend some time with this tommorow afternoon and I will have time to read that article fully.
    Hopefully I can report what I did and how it went then mark solved.

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