View Full Version : [ubuntu] 500 gb iomega external hard drive

June 5th, 2012, 09:46 PM
I'm very new to ubuntu, and unfortunately as it turns out, I cannot for the life of me mount my new hard drive. I've followed many random instructions online for people who seemed to have it halfway correct already, trying to mount random filenames to new directories and toying with and installing ntfs tools.

I'd like to know what to do. How do I find the name of what I'm supposed to mount? How am I supposed to mount such?
Thank you

June 7th, 2012, 05:35 PM
This somewhat depends on what state the drive is in - whether it has been formatted (and possibly partitioned) and if so what format.
If you post the results of sudo fdisk -l, we may be able to advise on suitable actions.

June 8th, 2012, 02:55 PM
Thanks. I hope this helps

Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0006b105

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 13995 112412672 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 13995 14594 4805633 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 13995 14594 4805632 82 Linux swap / Solaris

June 8th, 2012, 04:05 PM
That's not too promising - there isn't any sign of the external HDD.
Was it plugged in when you did this listing?
If so, then we have some sort of problem with your USB ports (or the HDD just isn't functioning at all)

June 8th, 2012, 05:24 PM
Well thats disheartening... But thank you