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September 22nd, 2008, 06:30 PM
I recently removed my hard drive from ubuntu to transfer some stuff to my kids pc which is windows
However on trying to put it back on to my ubutu system it says that it cannot mount the drive as it was not removed from windows cleanly ( i did )
and now i cannot mount it at all
Any ideas.

September 22nd, 2008, 07:04 PM
open a terminal and type in

sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/drive_win -o force

changing /dev/sdb1 and /media/drive_win to the location of the external drive and the proper mount pount

September 22nd, 2008, 07:06 PM
you can also run a check on the drive to see if there are errors. install ntfsprogs from synaptic and then run ntfsfix on it.

September 22nd, 2008, 07:28 PM
Ok i edited etc/fstab but it now says that i am not privileged to mount this volume

September 22nd, 2008, 07:30 PM
Ok i edited etc/fstab but it now says that i am not privileged to mount this volume

did you use sudo

September 22nd, 2008, 07:51 PM
Ok i did sudo gedit /etc/fstab

And the added this line
/dev/sdb1 /media/disk ntfs-3g force 0 0

what do ya reckon

September 22nd, 2008, 07:55 PM
The only proper solution, at least if you care for the data on the disk, is to have it checked and repaired under MS Windows. There is a reason why Ubuntu won't mount an "unclean" ntfs volume.

September 22nd, 2008, 07:59 PM
Ok so if i put it back to the windows system and remove it cleanly again should this solve the problem

September 22nd, 2008, 08:03 PM
yes if its ntfs do a clean shutdown in windows in ubuntu install ntfs Configuration Tool and you should be ok

September 22nd, 2008, 08:06 PM
Thanks that sorted it another good reason not to bother with windows