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    System can't detect HDD

    So my PC has two drives: a SSD (where Ubuntu is installed) and a HDD (where nothing is installed, and where I want the majority of my programs to install).

    However, even though my Bios detects (it's in the boot order and everything, and on one install attempt for Ubuntu it was the main drive) the HDD, Ubuntu will not (it DOES detect, for example, the USB stick that has the Ubuntu ISO on it).

    So I need some help here. I did find a thread from about ~2010 (similar problem but different solution) that listed some commands y'all might need me to run from the terminal, so here're they're outputs:

    sudo fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60022480896 bytes (<---- SSD is 60 GB, HDD should show as 320 GB)
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7297 cylinders, total 117231408 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: 0x00015422


    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 100493311 50245632 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 100495358 117229567 8367105 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 100495360 117229567 8367104 82 Linux swap / Solaris


    Disk /dev/sdb: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 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: 0x00000000


    Disk /dev/sdb doesn't contain a valid partition table


    Disk /dev/sdc: 16.0 GB, 16043212800 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1950 cylinders, total 31334400 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: 0x0516b45b


    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdc1 * 2048 31334399 15666176 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    rob@rob-MS-7750:~$




    dmesg | tail -n 20

    [ 3.037461] scsi 7:0:0:0: Direct-Access Generic- SD/MMC 1.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
    [ 3.038067] scsi 7:0:0:1: Direct-Access Generic- Compact Flash 1.01 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
    [ 3.038678] scsi 7:0:0:2: Direct-Access Generic- SM/xD-Picture 1.02 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
    [ 3.039302] scsi 7:0:0:3: Direct-Access Generic- MS/MS-Pro 1.03 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
    [ 3.039752] sd 7:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg4 type 0
    [ 3.039875] sd 7:0:0:1: Attached scsi generic sg5 type 0
    [ 3.041146] sd 7:0:0:2: Attached scsi generic sg6 type 0
    [ 3.042831] sd 7:0:0:3: Attached scsi generic sg7 type 0
    [ 3.062024] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdd] Attached SCSI removable disk
    [ 3.062775] sd 7:0:0:1: [sde] Attached SCSI removable disk
    [ 3.063524] sd 7:0:0:2: [sdf] Attached SCSI removable disk
    [ 3.064148] sd 7:0:0:3: [sdg] Attached SCSI removable disk
    [ 3.100584] input: HDA NVidia HDMI/DP,pcm=9 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.1/sound/card1/input14
    [ 3.100652] input: HDA NVidia HDMI/DP,pcm=8 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.1/sound/card1/input15
    [ 3.100722] input: HDA NVidia HDMI/DP,pcm=7 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:01.0/0000:01:00.1/sound/card1/input16
    [ 3.100829] input:

    P.S. Both drives were boot n' nuked ~an hour before I installed Ubuntu. Also, I'm pretty sure both drives have a NTFS format (could be wrong though).
    P.P.S. <---- Complete nub at Ubuntu.
    Last edited by fernetekhd; April 7th, 2013 at 04:42 PM.

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    Re: System can't detect HDD

    /dev/sdb is your HDD:

    Disk /dev/sdb: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    Disk /dev/sdb doesn't contain a valid partition table

    Do you want to create a partition? If so, hit "Super"-key (with Windows logo), type "disks", and click on "Disks". Does that show /dev/sdb on the left ... ?

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    Re: System can't detect HDD

    It does! So what do I do with it?

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    Re: System can't detect HDD

    Just checking: Disks also says there is no partition. If so, there is no information, so you can loose anything.

    On the left, select /dev/sdb.
    Then, on the right, select the two wheels. It will offert to create a partition (do that) and to format it (do that too). Then mount it.

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    Re: System can't detect HDD

    It worked! Thanks!

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