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  1. #1
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    Mounting an external HDD (does not do it automatically)


    I'm working on Ubuntu Server. 10.04.2 LTS. I plugin in a Touro Desk Hitachi 4TB/To. I cannot find anywhere on the box or in the manual what type of file system it is. However, it does state on the box that it is compatible with Windows7, WindowsXP, Windows Vista and with MacOS 10.5 or newer. Is there a way to determine what file system it is through the terminal? (yes, I've searched online) I've also looked at this thread which is very simliar to my issue. I would mount the external but I don't know what file system it is. I've taken some snips of information about my computer and attached them to the thread. Any help getting this to mount would be greatly appreciated.


    Here is the external HDD web page

    Also this webpage states that Linux "supports Ext2,. Ext3, NFS, FA16, FAT32, NTFS,Sysfs, Procfs etc.".
    But the man pages states
    " -t vfstype
    The argument following the -t is used to indicate the file
    system type. The file system types which are currently
    supported include: adfs, affs, autofs, cifs, coda, coherent,
    cramfs, debugfs, devpts, efs, ext, ext2, ext3, hfs, hfsplus,
    hpfs, iso9660, jfs, minix, msdos, ncpfs, nfs, nfs4, ntfs, proc,
    qnx4, ramfs, reiserfs, romfs, smbfs, sysv, tmpfs, udf, ufs,
    umsdos, usbfs, vfat, xenix, xfs, xiafs. Note that coherent,
    sysv and xenix are equivalent and that xenix and coherent will
    be removed at some point in the future — use sysv instead. Since
    kernel version 2.1.21 the types ext and xiafs do not exist
    anymore. Earlier, usbfs was known as usbdevfs. Note, the real
    list of all supported filesystems depends on your kernel."
    I'm starting to believe that the external HD is a FAT32.

    ionadmin@ionT01:/$ sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /mnt/ExternalArchive
    mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb,
    missing codepage or helper program, or other error
    In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
    dmesg | tail or so

    Would I have to re-format the external HDD?
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    Join Date
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    Re: Mounting an external HDD (does not do it automatically)

    I figured it out. The file system is NTFS as seen in the sudo fdisk -l command.
    The following command worked.
    sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb1 /mnt/ExternalArchive
    Is there a way to delete this thread?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2011

    Re: Mounting an external HDD (does not do it automatically)

    You may be able to mount the external drive without specifying a specific file system type. Sometimes the system can guess. For example, this might do the trick:

    sudo mkdir -p /media/disk
    sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/disk

    You say "re-format", but I wonder if the drive is formated at all? Assuming no one has put any data on the drive yet, it is safe to partition and format the drive with whatever file system you like.

    To check to see if any partitions exist on the disk and if they have been formated, try running cfdisk on the drive and see what comes up.

    sudo apt-get install cfdisk
    sudo cfdisk /dev/sdb1

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