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I just got a 3TB Western Digital drive and put it into an external enclosure. I am unable to mount the drive even though I can see it in fdisk list. The Linux distro that I am using is Ubuntu 11.04.
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Use Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) Alpha 3 as it fixes this problem.
post #3 of 23
Is it formatted?

What filesystem does it use?

How are you mounting it?

We need more info =]
post #4 of 23
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Tried to use this command: "sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt". The drive is formatted as NTFS and has files on it.
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post #5 of 23
sudo mkdir /media/external
sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /media/external

you shouldn't mount directly to a directory like that.
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Code:
alex@alex-LifeBook-T5010:~$ sudo mkdir /media/external
[sudo] password for alex: 
mkdir: cannot create directory `/media/external': File exists
alex@alex-LifeBook-T5010:~$ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /media/external
NTFS signature is missing.
Failed to mount '/dev/sdb1': Invalid argument
The device '/dev/sdb1' doesn't seem to have a valid NTFS.
Maybe the wrong device is used? Or the whole disk instead of a
partition (e.g. /dev/sda, not /dev/sda1)? Or the other way around?
alex@alex-LifeBook-T5010:~$ 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
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x331551df

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1          13      102400    7  HPFS/NTFS
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2              13        6671    53477376   83  Linux
/dev/sda3            6671       16318    77492224    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda4           16318       60802   357312512    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda5            6671       16318    77491200    7  HPFS/NTFS

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sdb'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.


Disk /dev/sdb: 801.6 GB, 801569726464 bytes
256 heads, 63 sectors/track, 97071 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16128 * 512 = 8257536 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1               1      266306  2147483647+  ee  GPT
alex@alex-LifeBook-T5010:~$

This is the result of running the commands.
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post #7 of 23
well its not showing up as a ntfs partition, but gpt...which might cause problems will do some research.

what does:

sudo blkid

output?
Edited by Transhour - 8/22/11 at 7:19pm
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post #8 of 23
Looks like there's a partition table on /dev/sdb1
Try mounting /dev/sdb1p1 (which is the first partition on the subpartition) instead of /dev/sdb1.

Otherwise take a look at this:
http://www.pjc.me.uk/efi-gpt/index.html
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use parted to list partitions and not fdisk for gpt partitions (which you have).

sudo apt-get install parted
sudo parted -l
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post #10 of 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by transhour;14679780 
well its not showing up as a ntfs partition, but gpt...which might cause problems will do some research.

what does:

sudo blkid

output?
Code:
alex@alex-LifeBook-T5010:~$ sudo blkid
[sudo] password for alex: 
/dev/sda1: LABEL="System Reserved" UUID="5C5A73D85A73AE00" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sda2: UUID="149d34d2-ccb6-4b50-88e8-5fd43ad2a22f" SEC_TYPE="ext2" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/sda4: UUID="6836B10336B0D374" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sda5: LABEL="New Volume" UUID="EE8C70E58C70A9AB" TYPE="ntfs" 
alex@alex-LifeBook-T5010:~$

Quote:
Originally Posted by gonX;14684439 
Looks like there's a partition table on /dev/sdb1
Try mounting /dev/sdb1p1 (which is the first partition on the subpartition) instead of /dev/sdb1.

Otherwise take a look at this:
http://www.pjc.me.uk/efi-gpt/index.html
Code:
alex@alex-LifeBook-T5010:~$ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1p1 /media/external 
ntfs-3g: Failed to access volume '/dev/sdb1p1': No such file or directory

ntfs-3g 2010.8.8 external FUSE 28 - Third Generation NTFS Driver
Configuration type 1, XATTRS are on, POSIX ACLS are off

Copyright (C) 2005-2007 Yura Pakhuchiy
Copyright (C) 2006-2009 Szabolcs Szakacsits
Copyright (C) 2007-2010 Jean-Pierre Andre
Copyright (C) 2009 Erik Larsson

Usage:    ntfs-3g [-o option[,...]] <device|image_file> <mount_point>

Options:  ro (read-only mount), remove_hiberfile, uid=, gid=,
          umask=, fmask=, dmask=, streams_interface=, syncio.
          Please see the details in the manual (type: man ntfs-3g).

Example: ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows

Ntfs-3g news, support and information:  http://ntfs-3g.org
Quote:
Originally Posted by mushroomboy;14685777 
use parted to list partitions and not fdisk for gpt partitions (which you have).

sudo apt-get install parted
sudo parted -l
Code:
alex@alex-LifeBook-T5010:~$ sudo apt-get install parted
E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem. 
alex@alex-LifeBook-T5010:~$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
Setting up libupnp3 (1:1.6.6-5) ...
Setting up libx264-106 (2:0.106.1741-3) ...
Setting up vlc-data (1.1.9-1ubuntu1.3) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin ...
ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
Setting up libvlccore4 (1.1.9-1ubuntu1.3) ...
Setting up libxcb-keysyms1 (0.3.6-1build1) ...
Setting up libvlc5 (1.1.9-1ubuntu1.3) ...
Setting up vlc-nox (1.1.9-1ubuntu1.3) ...
Setting up vlc (1.1.9-1ubuntu1.3) ...
Setting up vlc-plugin-notify (1.1.9-1ubuntu1.3) ...
Setting up vlc-plugin-pulse (1.1.9-1ubuntu1.3) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin ...
ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
alex@alex-LifeBook-T5010:~$ sudo apt-get install parted
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
parted is already the newest version.
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  linux-headers-2.6.38-8-generic linux-headers-2.6.38-8
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
alex@alex-LifeBook-T5010:~$ sudo parted -l
Model: ATA WDC WD5000BEVT-2 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number  Start   End     Size    Type      File system  Flags
 1      1049kB  106MB   105MB   primary   ntfs         boot
 2      106MB   54.9GB  54.8GB  primary   ext3
 3      54.9GB  134GB   79.4GB  extended               lba
 5      54.9GB  134GB   79.4GB  logical   ntfs
 4      134GB   500GB   366GB   primary   ntfs


Error: Can't have a partition outside the disk! 
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