I have a strange problem with mounting a USB drive - it should be fat32 (vfat) but it keeps mounting as ext3.
If I list the partitions:
$ sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdc
[sudo] password for user:
Disk /dev/sdc: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 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: 0x41ffc810
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 * 1 38912 312560608+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
So I think it's windows fat32, and I think I remember formatting the disk like this. But when I try to mount it I get:
$ sudo mount /dev/sdc1 -t vfat Western
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdc1,
missing codepage or helper program, or other error
In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
dmesg | tail or so
so I check dmesg and it says
[297753.088061] VFS: Can't find a valid FAT filesystem on dev sdc1.
So I just try to mount it without specifying the format of the partition and it works, except it's mounted as ext3:
$ sudo mount /dev/sdc1 Western
/dev/mapper/ubuntu-root on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
none on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
none on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
none on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
none on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
none on /var/run type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
none on /var/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
/dev/sda1 on /boot type ext2 (rw)
/dev/sdc1 on /home/user/Western type ext3 (rw)
and I can access all the files.
So I'd like to ask: why is it mounting as ext3? Is this healthy?
Any advice is much appreciated! Thank you.