Making my usb drive mount

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Making my usb drive mount

Postby bobm on Thu Apr 24, 2008 3:32 am

When I installed Daryna it instantly recognised my removable usb hard drive. Now for some reason it doesn't. I get nothing appearing on the desktop at all. Is there anything I can do to force it to mount?
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Re: Making my usb drive mount

Postby RobHK on Thu Apr 24, 2008 8:41 am

bobm wrote:When I installed Daryna it instantly recognised my removable usb hard drive. Now for some reason it doesn't. I get nothing appearing on the desktop at all. Is there anything I can do to force it to mount?


If you open "Computer" you should see all your drives. Those which are not yet mounted will be white and bulkier in appearance. Those already mounted have a flatter darker appearance. If the drive you want is there but not mounted just double click it. (You may have to enter your password)
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Re: Making my usb drive mount

Postby bobm on Thu Apr 24, 2008 12:11 pm

I actually see nothing at all. It doesn't seem to realise there's a drive attached at all.
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Re: Making my usb drive mount

Postby RobHK on Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:06 pm

bobm wrote:I actually see nothing at all. It doesn't seem to realise there's a drive attached at all.

Sorry, Bob. I'm fairly new too. Hope someone else can help.
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Re: Making my usb drive mount

Postby MagnusB on Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:16 pm

It knows it is there, it just don't mount it.
You can either use pmount or edit /etc/fstab to mount it. To use pmount, you first need to know the name of the disk:
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fdisk -l

This should return something like /dev/sdxx or similar, then just use pmount:
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pmount /dev/sdxx usb

Then it will be mounted at /media/usb. You might have to make the folder first though:
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sudo mkdir /media/usb
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Re: Making my usb drive mount

Postby bobm on Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:23 pm

it doesn't do anything :(
I get the message "command not found" when I type "fdisk -l" into terminal ...
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Re: Making my usb drive mount

Postby MagnusB on Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:35 pm

Have you activated the root account? If so, try
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sudo fdisk -l

If that fails as well, use
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whereis fdisk

I that doesn't return anything, it means you have to install it, if it does return something try using the full path (something like /sbin/fdisk).
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Re: Making my usb drive mount

Postby bobm on Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:46 pm

I get this message:
Disk /dev/hda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xd061d061

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 14216 114189988+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 14217 14593 3028252+ 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 14217 14593 3028221 82 Linux swap / Solaris

I suspect that is my internal hard drive.
I wonder if there's a problem with the connection on the usb drive?
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Re: Making my usb drive mount

Postby MagnusB on Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:57 pm

Is it connected and turned on?
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Re: Making my usb drive mount

Postby atlef on Thu Apr 24, 2008 4:57 pm

Try this : sudo hald --daemon=no

This worked for me. Not sure how to make it permanent though.

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Re: Making my usb drive mount

Postby bobm on Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:20 pm

hi Magnus - yes it is on and plugged in.
It was working fine. Then I got an error message saying it had been incorrectly been unmounted or something similar. It said about it being ntfs. So I plugged it into a Windows laptop to try and turn it off that way (this had happened before when I was running ubuntu). But windows didn't recognise it either - but saw it was there when I tried the disk management utility hidden away in the control panel. But that wouldn't let me assign it a drive letter either. When I next tried it in Mint I saw nothing. hence the confusion.

Tomorrow I'll borrow a laptop from work that recognised the disk before and see what happens then.

I've had problems with not being able to find another usb disk in Mint. I just don't know what to do. Nothing that's been suggested so far seems to make any difference.
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Re: Making my usb drive mount

Postby MagnusB on Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:25 pm

The file system might be messed up, try using GParted to run fsck (check).
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Re: Making my usb drive mount

Postby bobm on Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:23 am

thanks Magnus. I'll try that. I'm away for the weekend so I'll let you know what happens next week.
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