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Can't access external hard drive

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My trek through the Linux world continues. I recently did a full reformat of my netbook's hard drive and installed Ubuntu 10.10 on here. Saving everything I wanted to keep to my external.

Now that I'm back in the OS, I want to move stuff back onto my netbook, however, I can't access the external drive at all. I can see it when it's plugged in through the disk utility, and I know the USB ports work because my flashdrives still work. Any idea what's going on?

On a possibly related note, when I boot into Ubuntu, it tells me that something like the dev/sada isn't mounted and either tells me to wait, skip, or manually do it. No matter what I do however, it eventually boots. Odd. Any idea what is going on?
post #2 of 5
Ok for some reason its not automatically mounting your hard drive. Once you are in can you see it/access it when you go to Places -> Computer?

Idk why its not working however it seems you are going to have to manually. Basically you are going to have to create a directory where you would like to mount it, and then mount it there. Specifics can be found here here. Let me know if you have questions.
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Ok, yeah, I can access it now. Will this be automatic from now on or am I going to have to do this manually every time? If manually... best get what I want off it right now.
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Usually it should mount automatically. What happens when you plug it in after boot? Also does it give you any other error messages?

If it doesn't mount automatically you can always add it to your /etc/fstab which will tell the OS what to do with the drive. Info can be found here.
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Well, now it mounts just fine. Shows up on the places menu and the desktop and all of that. Odd that it didn't before.

As for the booting error thing, it doesn't matter if my external hard drive is plugged in or not as it's a different partition entirely.
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