View Full Version : [ubuntu] Ubuntu does not show my external hard drive

October 30th, 2010, 02:29 PM
Hi all,

When I plug in my external hard drive, I am not able to see it .. may be Ubuntu is not recognizing it .. Please help



October 30th, 2010, 04:43 PM
Un plug drive, wait a minute, plug in again & in from a terminal run

dmesg | tail

Is there any mention of it ? Any errors ?

sudo fdisk -l

Is it listed ?

What is the filesystem ? ext3/4, fat 32, ntfs

Did it ever work ?

Was it correctly 'ejected' when last used ?

Have you tried mounting it manually from a terminal, if so was there an error ?

October 30th, 2010, 05:41 PM
wow .. somehow it worked this time .. I did need to not do anything ..

Thanks for your response .. Can you tell me how can I mount it manually from the terminal ..



October 30th, 2010, 06:13 PM

sudo fdisk -l

Find drive denotion /dev/sxx & filesystem.

Assuming it is ntfs & /dev/sdc to be mounted at /home/fred/external user & group fred

sudo mount -t ntfs -o uid=fred,gid=fred /dev/sdc /home/fred/external

uid & gid needed to maintain ownership as mount is run as root.

See the mount manual

man mount

Obviously the mount point must exist & you must have write permissions.