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February 17th, 2012, 05:16 AM
I have a western digital external hard drive I use to store all my music. I had it on my Windows machine but now I want it on my Ubuntu laptop. When I plug it in No music shows up. I went to terminal and entered df.
This is what it gave me:

Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 73719016 4895040 65079208 7% / none 991940 256 991684 1% /dev none 997540 588 996952 1% /dev/shm none 997540 100 997440 1% /var/run none 997540 0 997540 0% /var/lock none 73719016 4895040 65079208 7% /var/lib/ureadahead/debugfs /dev/sr1 629128 629128 0 100% /media/WD SmartWare

Then I created a dir:
sudo mkdir /media/western
sudo mount ntfs /dev/sdb1 /media/western

And this is what it shows:
Usage: mount -V : print version mount -h : print this help mount : list mounted filesystems mount -l : idem, including volume labels So far the informational part. Next the mounting. The command is `mount [-t fstype] something somewhere'. Details found in /etc/fstab may be omitted. mount -a [-t|-O] ... : mount all stuff from /etc/fstab mount device : mount device at the known place mount directory : mount known device here mount -t type dev dir : ordinary mount command Note that one does not really mount a device, one mounts a filesystem (of the given type) found on the device. One can also mount an already visible directory tree elsewhere: mount --bind olddir newdir or move a subtree: mount --move olddir newdir One can change the type of mount containing the directory dir: mount --make-shared dir mount --make-slave dir mount --make-private dir mount --make-unbindable dir One can change the type of all the mounts in a mount subtree containing the directory dir: mount --make-rshared dir mount --make-rslave dir mount --make-rprivate dir mount --make-runbindable dir A device can be given by name, say /dev/hda1 or /dev/cdrom, or by label, using -L label or by uuid, using -U uuid . Other options: [-nfFrsvw] [-o options] [-p passwdfd]

.So now my question is this. I am almost sure the wd hard drive is in nfts. Do I have to reformat this drive into another file structure for Ubuntu to recognize it? Will it erase all my music? How can I keep all my music and use with Ubuntu?

February 17th, 2012, 05:30 AM
Could be FAT32 not NTFS.

Try this:

sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdb

(assuming WD ext drive is only other drive plugged in besides laptop drive.)

What's the output?

Have you tried simply mounting the drive from the Places menu? Or just mount it without the "ntfs" and let the mount command figure out the format?

February 18th, 2012, 03:47 AM
I just realized there is a unlock.exe I can see on the drive. I assume it's locked cause I haven't used it in a while. Suppose there is no way to run unlock.exe is there? Anyway of unlocking it besides hooking it up to a windows machine?

February 18th, 2012, 04:13 AM
Why don't you install and run 'ntfs-config'.
By the way I delete all the software that come with the external HDD's that I buy.

February 18th, 2012, 05:29 AM
I tend to agree with Lecerc65 on this, I always clear the nonsense bloatware, it's too easy to screw it up.

Worst case scenario, you shouldn't have lost use of the drive, you can always reformat the drive. Does the drive itself show up in your filebrowser when plugged in?