Linux Mint 7 cannot read external hdd

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Linux Mint 7 cannot read external hdd

Postby Ged057 on Sun Jul 12, 2009 2:00 pm

Hello,

Before I installed Gloria recently I used Windows XP and had a 320GB Seagate external HDD. Now that I come to use that HDD on linux it does not show up on the desktop when i connect it. Im new to linux so I googled the problem, to see if i could fix it myself. Useing one of the terminal commands I found in my search I got this read out from terminal, i hope it is of use:

Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc8afc8af

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 24136 193872388+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 24137 24321 1486012+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 24137 24321 1485981 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdf: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x170a8ae2

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdf1 * 1 38913 312568641 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)


Can anyone please tell me if there is a way for linux to read the external drive?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Linux Mint 7 cannot read external hdd

Postby lagagnon on Sun Jul 12, 2009 6:44 pm

Yes your external drive is called /dev/sdf and it has one FAT32 partition on it. Can you not see it when you insert the USB cable, then open up the "Computer" icon on the desktop. It should show itself as a Media icon there ????
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Re: Linux Mint 7 cannot read external hdd

Postby ashwinhgtx on Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:02 am

Try connecting it to a Windows computer and using the 'Safely Remove Hardware' option in the system tray to eject it. Then connect it to the Mint install. It should work.
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Re: Linux Mint 7 cannot read external hdd

Postby Ged057 on Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:33 am

Hi, nothing comes up at all when i insert the USB cable, nothing on the desktop or in the Computer folder. I'll try your suggestion ashwinhgtx as soon as i get my hands on a windows computer and ill let you know the outcome.

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Re: Linux Mint 7 cannot read external hdd

Postby Ged057 on Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:11 pm

OK I just tried the 'Safely Remove Hardware' option on a windows computer, but still nothing comes up when I try the hard drive on Mint 7. I have tried it on two different linux computers, both running Gloria, but neither detect the hard drive. It does work fine on windows and mac OS X though. Any other suggestions?

Thanks.
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Re: Linux Mint 7 cannot read external hdd

Postby lagagnon on Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:08 am

Try manually mounting it from the command line:

sudo mkdir /mnt/tmp
sudo mount /dev/sdf1 /mnt/tmp

then use the file browser to navigate to /mnt/tmp

then you unmount when finished with:

sudo umount /mnt/tmp
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Re: Linux Mint 7 cannot read external hdd

Postby Ged057 on Wed Jul 15, 2009 1:58 pm

OK just tried your suggestion lagagnon, but once i typed 'sudo mount /dev/sdf1 /mnt/tmp' it says it cannot mount because it does not exist. The external drive was plugged in and running but still I get nothing.
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Re: Linux Mint 7 cannot read external hdd

Postby lagagnon on Wed Jul 15, 2009 7:29 pm

First - did you create /mnt/tmp as I said above? And secondly, run "sudo fdisk -l" to make sure the correct device name is /dev/sdf1 - it may be something else.
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Re: Linux Mint 7 cannot read external hdd

Postby Ged057 on Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:54 am

Hi, yeah I created /mnt/tmp, but once i typed in sudo mount /dev/sdf1 /mnt/tmp it says ' you must specify the filesystem type'

Here is what it gives me from command line:

Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc8afc8af

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 24136 193872388+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 24137 24321 1486012+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 24137 24321 1485981 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdf: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x170a8ae2

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdf1 * 1 38913 312568641 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
ged@ged-desktop ~ $ sudo mkdir /mnt/tmp
ged@ged-desktop ~ $ sudo mount /dev/sdf1 /mnt/tmp
mount: you must specify the filesystem type
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Re: Linux Mint 7 cannot read external hdd

Postby lagagnon on Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:24 am

It should have understood it was a vfat filesystem so try this instead:

sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdf1 /mnt/tmp
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Re: Linux Mint 7 cannot read external hdd

Postby Ged057 on Thu Jul 16, 2009 4:50 pm

That works great lagagnon, thanks for all your help. Just to clarify, this is the only way it seems possible to mount my hard drive from now on?

Thanks again.
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