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SOLVED Hard drive recognition

Postby Betwixt on Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:00 pm

I have a Mint 14 MATE working and I installed a second HD of 250 GB size for a data backup. Using GParted I deleted everything and put in an Extended partition with a Logical partition taking up all the space. I had some problems so deleted the partitions and put in a single Primary parttion, formatted as before with either ext3 or ext4, but with the same result as follows:

In Computer, I could open/mount the disk but I could not create folders in it or even open it as administrator. The latter produces this:

Unable to determine the program to run.

The item you selected cannot be open with administrator powers because the correct application cannot be determined.


Checking the Permissions tab shows this:

The permissions of “250 GB Hard Disk:Backup” could not be determined.

What am I missing?
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Re: Hard drive recognition

Postby russellz on Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:16 pm

Try deffining a mount point in Gparted -something like /Baackups
You should then see it as aa folder by that name off root

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Re: Hard drive recognition

Postby Betwixt on Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:45 pm

russellz wrote:Try deffining a mount point in Gparted -something like /Baackups
You should then see it as aa folder by that name off root

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Thank you but GParted is not giving a mount point option - all the usual ones except that.

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Re: Hard drive recognition

Postby Betwixt on Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:13 pm

Further to my reply here is a screenshot
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Re: Hard drive recognition

Postby russellz on Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:24 am

Yes, sorry, I was thinking of the partition editor in another distro. I think you will have to do it the hard way:

In a terminal type blkid, this will give a list of all your partitions with their UUID's.
Make a note of the UUID of your new partition, /dev/sdb1 (without the quotes)
Now right click on the file /etc/fstab and open it as administrator.make a backup copy by doing Save As and calling it fstab.old just in case you mess things up.
Now add the following at the end of the file:
UUID=(the number you noted) /Backups ext4 defaults 0 3
followed by return
Then save it as fstab.

Now reboot and you should have your new partition mounted as /Backup

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Re: Hard drive recognition

Postby Betwixt on Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:10 pm

Thank you. I did that and GParted now shows the disk mounted at /Backups but it still doesn't permit me to open folders or even open as administrator. I did check the disk, again, by removing the drive disk and installing Mint which went in without a hitch. I then deleted all contents leaving the partition format alone, refitted the empty disk back as the second one. However, I used a different motherboard connection and revised FStab with the new UUID number and got the same result mentioned as shown.
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Re: Hard drive recognition

Postby russellz on Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:30 am

The disk drive doesn't have permissions. Check the permissions of /Backup.

Failing that perhaps someone more knowledgeable could jump in?

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(SOLVED) Re: Hard drive recognition

Postby Betwixt on Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:58 am

Well, I have discovered a/the solution. As described, if I open Computer and try to open the second HD (sdb1) as Adminstrator then I get a refusal message - and no Permissions are listed. However, if I just open the drive but then go back up a level (using the up icon arrow) it is then possible to open as Administrator and, having done so, have full control to change permissions, open new folders, etc.

The foregoing works without having the drive mounted on startup so the fstab file can be left uinchanged.

Anyway, thanks for responses.

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