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  1. #1
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    Question External Drive Problem

    Hello Ubuntu community

    So i intalled ubuntu today in order to back up my files from my W7 pc because windows crashed and i willl reistall them.So i installed ubuntu 13.10 desktop to my flash drive and booted my pc from it.Everything was working great i can see my old files but ubuntu does not "see" my drive, the one i want to back up to.

    My drive is a Maxtor 3200.

    Any help?How can i make ubuntu see my external drive?

    I tried using the driver from another W7 pc but i cant use it either. I get only you could not start the device (code 10)

    Thanks in advance and sorry for my bad english

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    Re: External Drive Problem

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Forums

    We are many people here who are not native English speakers, so don't worry about the English, it is good enough.

    Anyway, how did you try to see the external drive? How is it connected (USB, eSATA)?

    If you cannot see it in the file browser, I suggest that you try some terminal window commands. Have you tried that before? In Ubuntu you can use the hotkey combination ctrl + alt + t.

    Type the command and press the Enter key to run the command. You will get output to the same window, and you can copy and paste it into the editing window of a reply. 'Go Advanced' mark the text and click on the # icon at the top of the editing window to surround it with code tags.

    Start with these commands one each time and copy/paste the output. It will make it easier to help.

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -lu
    sudo parted -l
    df

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    Re: External Drive Problem

    Thanks for taking the time to answer

    My drive is connected with a USB cable

    Here are the answer to the commands



    sudo fdisk -lu.I think these two are my hard drive and the flash drive that i booted from
    Code:
    Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
    224 heads, 19 sectors/track, 459004 cylinders, total 1953525168 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: 0xdff15214
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *        2048      206847      102400    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda2          206848  1953521663   976657408    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 4051 MB, 4051697664 bytes
    151 heads, 42 sectors/track, 1247 cylinders, total 7913472 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: 0xc3072e18
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdb1   *        2968     7913471     3955252    b  W95 FAT32
    sudo parted -l
    Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo parted -l
    Model: ATA ST31000528AS (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sda: 1000GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos
    
    Number  Start   End     Size    Type     File system  Flags
     1      1049kB  106MB   105MB   primary  ntfs         boot
     2      106MB   1000GB  1000GB  primary  ntfs
    
    
    Model: JetFlash Transcend 4GB (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sdb: 4052MB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos
    
    Number  Start   End     Size    Type     File system  Flags
     1      1520kB  4052MB  4050MB  primary  fat32        boot
    
    
    Warning: Unable to open /dev/sr0 read-write (Read-only file system).  /dev/sr0
    has been opened read-only.
    Error: /dev/sr0: unrecognised disk label
    df
    Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ df
    Filesystem     1K-blocks    Used Available Use% Mounted on
    /cow             1551356   67416   1483940   5% /
    udev             1541688       4   1541684   1% /dev
    tmpfs             310272    1236    309036   1% /run
    /dev/sdb1        3947060 2259456   1687604  58% /cdrom
    /dev/loop0        881792  881792         0 100% /rofs
    none                   4       0         4   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
    tmpfs            1551356      16   1551340   1% /tmp
    none                5120       4      5116   1% /run/lock
    none             1551356      80   1551276   1% /run/shm
    none              102400      60    102340   1% /run/user
    /dev/sr0         3827190 3827190         0 100% /media/ubuntu/UDF Volume
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

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    Re: External Drive Problem

    This is a 1 TB disk.

    Code:
    Model: ATA ST31000528AS (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sda: 1000GB
    Do you want to connect to it? In that case you can 'always' mount it's partitions with command lines.

    Make directories
    Code:
    sudo mkdir /mnt/sda1
    sudo mkdir /mnt/sda2
    Mount
    Code:
    sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1
    sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda2
    And you should be able to see files and directories in the partitions. You could do that with command line tools too, but also with the file browser. Just browse to /mnt/sda1 and /mnt/sda2 and continue from there.

    You can check with
    Code:
    df
    that the mount works.

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