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mickyboy
July 7th, 2009, 05:34 PM
I'm a newly converted Linux Lover and am having trouble with my external hard drive.
Being a Linuxly challenged newbie was after some much needed assistance.
My external HD won't mount. Not showing anywhere but It is showing up in GParted although it says there is no filesystem. What should I do to sort this out. Dummy instructions appreciated.
Incidently i'm running Ubuntu 9.04


Many Thanks

cariboo
July 7th, 2009, 07:17 PM
The first thing we need is a little ore information. Open an Application-->Accessories-->Terminal and type:


sudo fdisk -l

that's a lowercase L, with your external drive connected. Paste the output in your next post.

mickyboy
July 8th, 2009, 07:31 PM
Thanks for reply cariboo907.

For some reason It won't let me copy and paste to some "fill in boxes" so have attached a screenshot

many thanks


Have just tried to upload from my digital camera and it's not recognizing that either.
Hope that helps.

mickyboy
July 10th, 2009, 02:19 PM
The first thing we need is a little ore information. Open an Application-->Accessories-->Terminal and type:


sudo fdisk -l

that's a lowercase L, with your external drive connected. Paste the output in your next post.
Have replied but pressed 'new reply' previously so might not get email notification.

mickyboy (HD not mounting)

Tharmas
July 10th, 2009, 04:26 PM
Strange... You have two identical 80GB disks?
Could you please report the brand/model of you usb hard drive and the output of the " lsusb " command?
From what you said it appears that the usb device was connected but the not mounted.

mickyboy
July 11th, 2009, 08:39 AM
Strange... You have two identical 80GB disks?
Could you please report the brand/model of you usb hard drive and the output of the " lsusb " command?
From what you said it appears that the usb device was connected but the not mounted.


mickyboy: hmmm. I had tried a little self maintenance which to be honest, with my level of know-how was a bit of a stab in the dark. This is the wreckage that's left over.
I can't find a model number on my HD but can tell you it's a Hitachi i Smart 80 G.
When I said please explain everthing in dummy terms i'm afraid I wasn't exagerating.
I have very rudimentary knowledge of Linux unfortunately but my theory is, have a go - run for help later...of course, i wouldn't have a shot if i didn't think i at least had a chance.
Anyway....I did discover somewhere on my laptop the name of this elusive HD but due to my incompetence am unable to find it again.

As for a Isusb command - how do I go about that?
God help me

dePeatrick
July 15th, 2009, 09:44 PM
I got the same problem here so am watching this thread with my fingers crossed. mine is not showing up in gparted though..!

mickyboy
July 16th, 2009, 03:17 AM
[quote=dePeatrick;7622133]I got the same problem here so am watching this thread with my fingers crossed. mine is not showing up in gparted though..![/quote

Not even when you click GParted menu then Devices? I done this and there it was. I done a complete reformat and everything is fine now. I was lucky enough in that my HD was new and so empty.
Not sure of your level of know-how but if this is any good to you will be happy to help.

Tharmas
July 20th, 2009, 06:42 PM
It is lsusb starting with l as in lubricant not I as in image.
and you just have to enter the command in a terminal.
And does the drive mount in other linux computer/system.
Does it mount in windows?

mickyboy
August 1st, 2009, 01:14 PM
It is lsusb starting with l as in lubricant not I as in image.
and you just have to enter the command in a terminal.
And does the drive mount in other linux computer/system.
Does it mount in windows?


Cheers very much Tharmus but I have managed to fix things myself by reformatting the HD
Much appreciated though.

frog3764
August 1st, 2009, 02:19 PM
Here comes another newbie/dummy. My external does show in Gparted but can't recognize it. It is a 320GB Seagate. I found on the site docs - System - Administration - Partition Editor - to label it, but the label is greyed out so I can't do that. Here is the fdisk

Disk /dev/sda: 33.8 GB, 33820286976 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4111 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xa82ba82b

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 3937 31623921 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 3938 4111 1397655 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 3938 4111 1397623+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 38913 312568668 54 OnTrackDM6

All help in the dummy format is appreciated.