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    [SOLVED] NTFS signature is missing

    Hello,

    I am trying to mount an NTFS Harddrive on my Ubuntu 8.04 Server machine. When ever I try to mount it, I get this error:

    Code:
    root@Bouchard:/# mount -t ntfs /dev/hdf1 /media/storage
    NTFS signature is missing.
    Failed to mount '/dev/hdf1': Invalid argument
    The device '/dev/hdf1' doesn't have a valid NTFS.
    Maybe you selected the wrong device? Or the whole disk instead of a
    partition (e.g. /dev/hda, not /dev/hda1)? Or the other way around?
    root@Bouchard:/#
    I get the same error if I try /dev/hdf instead of /dev/hdf1.

    Here is some more info that I hope will be helpful:

    Code:
    root@Bouchard:/# fdisk -l
    
    Disk /dev/hde: 20.5 GB, 20525137920 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2495 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x26572656
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/hde1   *           1        2386    19165513+  83  Linux
    /dev/hde2            2387        2495      875542+   5  Extended
    /dev/hde5            2387        2495      875511   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    
    Disk /dev/hdf: 251.0 GB, 251000193024 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30515 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000001
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/hdf1               1       30515   245111706    7  HPFS/NTFS
    root@Bouchard:/#
    Code:
    root@Bouchard:/# cat /proc/filesystems
    nodev   sysfs
    nodev   rootfs
    nodev   bdev
    nodev   proc
    nodev   cgroup
    nodev   cpuset
    nodev   debugfs
    nodev   securityfs
    nodev   sockfs
    nodev   pipefs
    nodev   anon_inodefs
    nodev   futexfs
    nodev   tmpfs
    nodev   inotifyfs
    nodev   devpts
            cramfs
    nodev   ramfs
    nodev   hugetlbfs
    nodev   mqueue
    nodev   fuse
            fuseblk
    nodev   fusectl
    nodev   usbfs
            ext3
            hpfs
            ntfs
    Thanks in advance for your help, and let me know if I can supply additional info.

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    Re: NTFS signature is missing

    Were you using it on Windows prior to plugging it in to Ubuntu? If so, are you sure you removed it correctly by stopping it? If not, Ubuntu won't read it. Boot back into Windows and stop the device properly and then Ubuntu will read it. If my assumption is wrong, I don't know why it would suddenly stop.
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    Re: NTFS signature is missing

    No, it hasn't had Windows on it in a long time. I formatted it using fdisk. Do you think I should plug it into a box with Windows and format it to NTFS that way?

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    Re: NTFS signature is missing

    Quote Originally Posted by abgemacht View Post
    No, it hasn't had Windows on it in a long time. I formatted it using fdisk. Do you think I should plug it into a box with Windows and format it to NTFS that way?
    Yeah, that might be a good idea, and I'm pretty sure it would work.
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    Re: NTFS signature is missing

    Thanks. I'll give it a shot and let you know how it goes.

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    Re: NTFS signature is missing

    Quote Originally Posted by abgemacht View Post
    Thanks. I'll give it a shot and let you know how it goes.
    Yeah be sure to tell me.
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    Re: NTFS signature is missing

    Thanks, that worked great!

    For the record:
    I put the harddrive back in a windows box, formatted it, then removed it and put it back in my linux box. Mounted it automatically, just like I wanted.

    Out of curiosity, is fdisk known for not formatting NTFS properly?


    Thanks again.

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    Re: NTFS signature is missing

    Quote Originally Posted by abgemacht View Post
    Thanks, that worked great!

    For the record:
    I put the harddrive back in a windows box, formatted it, then removed it and put it back in my linux box. Mounted it automatically, just like I wanted.

    Out of curiosity, is fdisk known for not formatting NTFS properly?


    Thanks again.
    I'm not sure. I've heard of some problems like this, but again I don't know if it's widespread or what, but yeah no problem, if you have any more problems be sure to post back.
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    Re: [SOLVED] NTFS signature is missing

    I could be misreading... But if you only used fdisk, that is the start of your problem. FDisk is only a partitioning tool. It doesn't format the drive for you. So once you set the partition type as NTFS, you would then need to format it as a NTFS afterward with another tool.

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    Re: [SOLVED] NTFS signature is missing

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