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    cannot mount second internal harddisk

    I have a second internal harddisk formatted as ext3.

    The problem is that it doesn't get recognized, even as a root.
    But when I open a program, for example Gimp and try to open a file, this disk turns up as a 38.9 Volume.
    When I try to click it, it says that it is not mountable.

    How can I change this if the disk doesn't even appear to really 'exist' ??
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    Re: cannot mount second internal harddisk

    Can you mount it manually in terminal?
    sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/sdb1 /mnt/disk

    What does the output of "mount" say?

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    Re: cannot mount second internal harddisk

    Well, that is sort of the problem, even in my terminal the /media/disk or whatever it's name should be, doesn't exist. Even as a root....
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    Re: cannot mount second internal harddisk

    No no, you have to create that folder
    Run a terminal and type these commands:

    cd /mnt
    sudo mkdir disk - Here you will be asked for your password. Enter it.
    sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/sdb1 /mnt/disk

    If this works then your disk should be mounted in /mnt/disk and you can then easily access it via Gnome.

    EDIT: Okay I never really asked what type of disk you are using. Are you using an IDE or sata disk?
    IDE disks are usually represented as /dev/hda, /dev/hdb while sata/scsi ones are /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, etc. Remember that /dev/sdb is your disk while /dev/sdb1 is a partition on the disk.
    Last edited by Blednik; May 4th, 2008 at 02:15 PM.

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    Re: cannot mount second internal harddisk

    I think it's a SATA

    Is it possible to choose my mount point on /media because that's where my external harddisk shows up so I have them together or is that not done?

    This might work... (excited!)

    EDIT 1
    No I think my external one is SATA this one probably isn't because all I have is hd...instead of sd...

    EDIT 2
    Hmm, it's not my hda, although it should be because hdb is my ubuntu...

    Code:
    mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hda,
           missing codepage or helper program, or other error
           In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
           dmesg | tail  or so
    Last edited by Ampi; May 4th, 2008 at 02:29 PM.
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    Re: cannot mount second internal harddisk

    Code:
    Disk /dev/hda: 41.1 GB, 41110142976 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4998 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000d34c0
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/hda1               1        4998    40146403+  83  Linux
    
    Disk /dev/hdb: 40.0 GB, 40027029504 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4866 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00098445
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/hdb1   *           1        4773    38339091   83  Linux
    /dev/hdb2            4774        4866      747022+   5  Extended
    /dev/hdb5            4774        4866      746991   82  Linux swap / Solaris
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    Re: cannot mount second internal harddisk

    Ugh, I'm not too sure about how the automount works. You could theoretically mount the disk anywhere you like, but I was more curious to see whether the disk can be mounted and read from.

    What is the output of the "mount" command in your terminal?

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    Re: cannot mount second internal harddisk

    So I did it on /mnt/disk_int2 but when I try to mount /dev/hda my mount output is the output I have in post #5...

    Code:
    $ dmesg|tail
    [ 6426.542133] VFS: Can't find an ext2 filesystem on dev hda.
    [ 6437.825505] VFS: Can't find ext3 filesystem on dev hda.
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    Re: cannot mount second internal harddisk

    Quote Originally Posted by Ampi View Post
    So I did it on /mnt/disk_int2 but when I try to mount /dev/hda my mount output is the output I have in post #5...

    Code:
    $ dmesg|tail
    [ 6426.542133] VFS: Can't find an ext2 filesystem on dev hda.
    [ 6437.825505] VFS: Can't find ext3 filesystem on dev hda.
    You wouldn't use /dev/hda to mount it would be /dev/hda1. Here is a good tutorial on mounting a linux partition. http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/mountlinux


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    Re: cannot mount second internal harddisk

    Quote Originally Posted by Ampi View Post
    So I did it on /mnt/disk_int2 but when I try to mount /dev/hda my mount output is the output I have in post #5...
    I don't mean the output of "mount -t ext3 /dev/hda1 /mnt/disk" whatever. Just "mount" without any parameters. Also, you were trying to mount a disk. Normally you'd want to mount a partition on a disk, not a disk.

    /dev/hda => Disk
    /dev/hda1 => Partition on that disk

    The prototype of mount is: mount -t [filesystem] [something] [somewhere]
    To mount the partition you'd use sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/hda1 /mnt/disk.
    This means you're mounting the partition /dev/hda1 of type ext3 to /mnt/disk.

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