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I wonder if anyone can advance my understanding of this problem; perhaps to a remedy or conclusion?
My intention was to copy some files from the home dir to an external 250 Gb hdd via usb. I attempted to format and partition the target sdb several times but Gpart kept failing. Then i right clicked on the sdb desktop icon and saw other options to format:
I recall choosing ex 4, in any case not a FAT.
I used a live 10.04 to copy across files from home dir, to hdd b. with sudo privilege, and they seem to have arrived, as i'm sure i checked.
Now, after a fresh install of 10.04, when i try to transfer them back to the home dir, the desktop icon doesn't show up. -and Gpart identifies sdb as "Unallocated". Can you be certain there are no files on this hdd?
I'm sorry but i'm not very able to interpret the results from the 1st steps in the inquiry.
nnjond@nnjond-desktop:~$ cat /etc/fstab
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=3c30ba43-6de6-4e68-856b-e5495254bbfa / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=2c3e1b82-4ea9-4e53-82ab-718d9d6e465f none swap sw 0 0
nnjond@nnjond-desktop:~$ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for nnjond:
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
I also attempted to follow this advice, not understanding where it led me:
“Try mounting the drive as follows:”
sudo mkdir ext_drive
sudo mount /dev/sdb ext_drive
nnjond@nnjond-desktop:~$ cd /mnt
nnjond@nnjond-desktop:/mnt$ sudo mkdir ext_drive
mkdir: cannot create directory `ext_drive': File exists
nnjond@nnjond-desktop:/mnt$ sudo mount /dev/sdc ext_drive
mount: you must specify the filesystem type