Having a hard time making linux recognizing my new external hard drive
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Your system should automatically recognize it when you plug in the drive..
with the drive plugged in open a shell and as root try the following commands tail /var/log/messages
The first one should show if/how the drive was detected, and what Device ID it was assigned.
The second command will show what drives/partitions your system can see.
Post the output here so we can help you further
also what distro are you running ? (you should update your profile to include your distro, or specifically mention it in any question you post. Thanks !!)
jared nelson do you have any idea what distro your brother installed
Ubuntu,fedora,slackware, something else
depending on what is installed ( all the major distros include "ntfs-3g" ) a MS Windows formated "ntfs" drive should be auto detected and auto mounted
and mounted in one of a few places
So i was thinking that all I have to do is pluge it in to a another computer and configer it so that linux can recognize it.(this is what my brother had to do when he gave me his la cie, he restored it and made it a open drive, because it configured for his mac).On the box it said that it can work for mac and pc, so that could possibly mean that it has a preexisting os that confects with linux. this is what I'm thinking anyway
Last edited by jared nelson; 03-17-2009 at 05:55 AM.
so it was reformated to the hfs ( mac) format - Ubuntu should be able to read it and there should be a icon for it on your desktop.
and from this it looks like it is being seen by Ubuntu
" Mar 16 13:33:44 jared-desktop kernel: [ 4726.502565] sdb: [mac] sdb1 sdb2 sdb3 sdb4 "
and it has 4 partitions on it
He's connecting via firewire rather than USB if I'm reading the message log correctly, not that it makes any difference. I have a drive that connects eitehr way and it comes up the same, regardless of wether I am using USB or Firewire.
I'm still waiting for the fdisk -l output as well..
I believe it's just not mounting because of the file system type.. but verification would be nice.
if it is mac formatted, as we believe, and you want to access data on it, then:
Its a never been used externel hard drive that has 800 fire wire to 400 fire wire and usb 2.0.
When i do the command fdisk -l it just restarts the root command and acts as if i didn't do anything.I consulted my brother and he said it could be a driver problem, because it is a new hardware.
And now that i'm thinking about it the cd it comes with, is a driver download