sb hard drive wont mount (input/output error)
usb hard drive wont mount
As usual I went ahead like a blunderbus and did lots of things I had no idea what I was doing.
Anyway I had a problem accessing the internal drive on my laptop and was getting this error;
Unable to mount device
So tried to mount it various ways and then used the bash command:
mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /media/sda1 -o force
which worked fine.
Tried to get the USB hard drive to be recognised so I could copy the data off the drive, so again:
mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb /media/sdb -o force
which worked. Copied all the information off the internal drive and then put the usb drive into my windows machine (didnt dismount!). When added it recognises a usb mass storage device but doesnt appear in 'my computer' - no drive letter. Also I tried remounting it but I get the error 'NTFS is either inconsistent, or you have hardware faults......'
Could be just a damaged file system. Did you try to run "fix disk" from inside Windows?
yeah it sounds as if the partition table is screwed (or something similar) so I went into disk management in administrative tools, and tried to 'initialise' (yet more ignorant blundering) and selected MBR.
I got an error message, I suppose that it wouldn't help posting windows error msgs on here, but I will if you think it'll help.
Is this what you mean by "fix disk" coz since windows isnt assigning a drive letter I can't do a whole lot.
cheers for the help btw. totally at sea with this one.
I haven't been using these things in windows for a while. Isn't it a tool in the Control Panel/Admin tools?
Disk manager or something. You might be able to launch some repair function from there.
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