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Old 01-25-2005, 07:08 AM   #1
kr!s
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Unhappy mount usb external harddrive, probably HFS format, not working


Hey,
from a friend I borrowed an external harddrive to copy some gigabytes from a MAC on college to my Linux system for backup purposes. Unfortunately I'm experiencing issues mounting the drive. I know it's 200Gb devided in three partitions. I only need to mount the first one though.
I'm 100% sure the drive is being recognized since it appears to be /dev/sdb (sda is my USB pen drive) both by fdisk -l /dev/sd*. The command sees gives the following output (I left out the data about my USB drive because being a huge amount of irrelevant data):

Disk /dev/sdb: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System


This looks to me as if the drive is physically being recognized, but my system can't read the formatting.

I tried mounting using the following commands:
1. mount -t hfs /dev/sdb /mnt/ext
2. mount -t hfs /dev/sdb1 /mnt/ext
3. mount -t hfs /dev/sdb-1 /mnt/ext

Nothing works. Anybody got a better idea? Preferrably a working one

cheers
kr!s

Last edited by kr!s; 01-25-2005 at 07:11 AM.
 
Old 01-25-2005, 07:47 AM   #2
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what messages do you get when you use those mount commands?

that fdisk stuff, is that all it said? nothing about the partitions that you say are on there? do you have HFS support compiled into the kernel?
 
Old 02-02-2005, 01:36 AM   #3
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I only run a default Debian kernel version 2.6.9-2-k7, so I suppose I don't have HFS support compiled in it.

If that's the problem, than I don't think I will try to continue with this issue for now. I'll be very busy the next three months, so no time to start compiling my own kernel. But after these three months I'll definitely do that with the help of a friend. We'll then focus on adding HFS support as well.

Thanks anyways.
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