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VTT Alps
November 30th, 2008, 06:14 PM
My 500Gb eSata drive was working ok, now it will not mount. I mostly use this drive for my Music and Pictures. It would mount automatically every time I booted. Normally, I use Rhythm Box, but today, I went to AmRock, after a few minutes, the disk unmounted by itself, and has been off line ever since.

This is what I get when I try to mount the Drive

sudo mount /dev/sda
mount: mount point /media/disk does not exist

sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/sda doesn't contain a valid partition table

This is the line from my Fstab File

/dev/sda /media/disk ext2 rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=hal 0 0

I used mkfs to reformat the disk, and check for bad blocks. It looked like it worked, but, I still can not mount it.

I don't know what else to do. Does anyone have an Idea.


November 30th, 2008, 07:05 PM
You need to create a partition, /dev/sda1, and format it to ext3 before you can use it. You can do that from a terminal or use gparted in System -> Administration. Install it if you don't already have it on your machine.

VTT Alps
November 30th, 2008, 09:34 PM
gparted worked. I can now mount the drive by hand with sudo mount. However, it doesn't start automatically at boot up. How can I make that happen. Do I need to put another line in the fstab file. If yes, should it look like like

/dev/sda1 /media/disk ext2 rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=hal 0 0

or something different.


November 30th, 2008, 09:38 PM
Personally, I would add an entry in /etc/fstab for /dev/sda1 as

/dev/sda1 /media/sda1 ext2 defaults 0 2
Save it and then create a new mount point and mount it.

sudo mkdir /media/sda1
sudo mount -a
Now, if you want to be able to write to it without using sudo or gksudo, then you need to change the ownership of /media/sda1 from root to your login name, assuming it's alps.

sudo chown -R alps:alps /media/sda1
ls -la /media

VTT Alps
November 30th, 2008, 10:33 PM
That worked, The Drive now mounts during boot. Thanks A Lot.