View Full Version : [ubuntu] Can't get access to hard drives.

July 6th, 2008, 10:57 AM
I'm very new to Ubuntu and to this forum, so I'm sorry in advance for any stupid questions :)

So... I've got Ubuntu 8.04 which I load from USB flash, and I've got two FAT32/NTFS hard drives.
The problem is: whenever I try to open any of them via Places --> Computer, I get the same error:
Unable to mount the volume.
Cannot create /media/.hal-mtab~

If I try to mount them manually, I get this:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo mount /dev/sdb1
mount: can't find /dev/sdb1 in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab
or this:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb1 /media/disk1
mount: according to mtab, /dev/sdb1 is already mounted on /media/disk1

How can I fix this?
I hope someone can help me here. Thanks in advance!

July 6th, 2008, 11:01 AM
The output of the second command says that the disk is alreay mounted at /media/disk1, so go to /media/disk1 and see if you can access the contents.

July 6th, 2008, 11:17 AM
If your hard drives are NTFS you should install ntfs-config and they will be mounted automatically at start-up.Open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install ntfs-config
Have a look at this links:

July 6th, 2008, 11:18 AM
In /media/disk1 there is one empty folder named '500_1' (it's the label of the hard drive I try to mount). Also there are several folders marked as unreadable with names like '500_1_', 500_1__' etc. (probably from previous tries?), and I can't open them at all.

Thanks, I tried it too, but still no result.