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Old 02-03-2010, 10:10 AM   #1
mike ashcroft
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Path-name to external hard-drive


Ubuntu 9.10 recognizes my Freecom 120gig external hard-drive (when it's plugged in) and I can manage its contents OK - except via the command line. I don't seem to be able to find its path-name. See below:

mike@mike-desktop:~$ cd /media
mike@mike-desktop:/media$ ls
cdrom cdrom0 FREECOM HDD
mike@mike-desktop:/media$ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for mike:

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xb8000000

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 38174 306632623+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 38175 38913 5936017+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 38175 38913 5935986 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xcdffed52

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 14593 117218241 7 HPFS/NTFS
mike@mike-desktop:/media$

Despite all this info, I fail to get into the external hard-drive from the command line. Please provide the obvious solution which is not obvious to me...

Many thanks

Mike
 
Old 02-03-2010, 10:33 AM   #2
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Exactly, what is the mount point?

Is it /media/FREECOM or

Is it /media/FREECOM HDD ?

If it is the later, try doing a cd from /media with this... cd 'FREECOM HDD' and see if you can change to that directory.

If you can not get it to work, post the entry for /dev/sdb from /etc/fstab.

Also watch the case as you type the commands, linux is case sensitive.
 
Old 02-03-2010, 02:51 PM   #3
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@camorri: I assume FREECOM and HDD are two different mount points.

'cd /media/FREECOM/' should get you there.
 
Old 02-03-2010, 02:57 PM   #4
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Try
Code:
cd /media/"FREECOM HDD"
(note the ")
 
Old 02-03-2010, 03:11 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by camorri View Post
Exactly, what is the mount point?

Is it /media/FREECOM or

Is it /media/FREECOM HDD ?

If it is the later, try doing a cd from /media with this... cd 'FREECOM HDD' and see if you can change to that directory.

If you can not get it to work, post the entry for /dev/sdb from /etc/fstab.

Also watch the case as you type the commands, linux is case sensitive.
Thanks for the quick response. None of the following work:

FREECOM
FREECOM HDD
'FREECOM HDD'

Please give second part of your advice in "keystroke-by-keystroke" format.

Your help is much appreciated.
Mike
 
Old 02-03-2010, 03:38 PM   #6
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cd /media/FREECOM*

cd "/media/FREECOM HDD"

should get you there.
 
Old 02-03-2010, 04:03 PM   #7
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Run mount. It will display what devices are mounted, and the mountpoints for each. The mountpoint for your external drive is the base directory of the external drive.
--- rod.
 
Old 02-03-2010, 04:44 PM   #8
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First of all run mount in a Command Terminal. This will show you all devices that are mounted and where they are mounted to.

Second you should try to avoid mounting a drive to a folder with a space in it's name. However if can do so if you choose. Also you should use a proper escape character in the path name instead of quotes. If the drive is Mounted on FREECOM HDD then you should use the following

Code:
cd /media/FREECOM\ HDD
the \ say to read the next character as a literal. In this case the literal character to be read is a space.
 
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