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May 13th, 2009, 08:25 AM
Hey all, 'preciate some help here.
OK. Just upgraded xubuntu to 9.04 jaunty jackalope. Was able to see and interact with sda1 (windows FAT32 partition). Now it's gone, both from fstab and mtab...when I run sudo fdisk -l it shows up though. I'm baffled, and have some extremely mission critical files to xfer over from xubuntu. Any suggestions?

May 13th, 2009, 08:34 AM
Can you boot at all on windows?

May 13th, 2009, 08:36 AM
Yes, windows boots just fine...the partition just magically disappeared from xubuntu...it worked just fine last night.

May 13th, 2009, 08:39 AM
What does

df -h


May 13th, 2009, 08:41 AM
pglenn@IT-Master:~/Desktop$ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2 8.2G 3.9G 4.0G 50% /
tmpfs 249M 0 249M 0% /lib/init/rw
varrun 249M 348K 249M 1% /var/run
varlock 249M 0 249M 0% /var/lock
udev 249M 144K 249M 1% /dev
tmpfs 249M 0 249M 0% /dev/shm
lrm 249M 2.4M 247M 1% /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/volatile

May 13th, 2009, 08:48 AM
have you tried to mount sda1 ?

sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 <an empty folder of your choice>

May 13th, 2009, 08:50 AM
tells me special device sda1 does not exist

May 13th, 2009, 08:52 AM
You will need to create the folder first - note my command contained an error - just look again.

May 13th, 2009, 08:55 AM
same message, special device /sda1 does not exist.

May 13th, 2009, 08:57 AM
did you use /dev/sda1 ?

May 13th, 2009, 08:58 AM
ok, sda1 is in the /dev folder, not in the fstab, but shows up on fdisk. created /media/sda1, but it's empty, and I cant mount it because it "does not exist"....hmm....this is wierd. Especially since between last night and tonight I have changed nothing, and it worked flawlessly then.

May 13th, 2009, 08:59 AM
sure did

May 13th, 2009, 09:02 AM
Try the following:

sudo mkdir /tmp/windoz
sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /tmp/windoz

if it shows some fault,

dmesg | tail
Let us know the error.

Btw, is your /dev/sda1 really FAT32? Coz, usually windows prefers NTFS partitioning. Whats the output of
fdisk -l
Just try,
sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /tmp/windoz

May 13th, 2009, 09:02 AM
Can you show me the output of fdisk?

May 13th, 2009, 09:06 AM
hmmph, mounting to tmp/windows solved it....that's wierd. Why wouldn't it mount normally?

May 13th, 2009, 09:07 AM
and btw...thanks a crapton guys...I REALLY appreciate it...I would've really been in the gutter if I couldn't get these files xferd over..you are true lifesavers. I endeavor to procure your level of linux knowlege.