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Old 05-03-2014, 09:48 AM   #1
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Unhappy trying to get MINT MATE 16 to automatically mount external hard drives & usb memory e


I have just switched over from Windows XP to Linux - currently trying Mint Mate Petra.
I had no idea that it would be complicated to access external hard drives & their files / folders etc in Linux. I have a Seagate 1TB that I backed up all my files (documents, photos etc) from XP, before I wiped XP, but now I can't access the Seagate (or other external usb memory devices) I have searched online & tried multiple commands etc - but it still doesn't work.
At the moment in 'Computer' the external HD is shown, but when you click on it or 'right-click' & then 'mount' - the pop-up comes up with 'unable to mount location'.
This is obviously quite frustrating coming from windows xp, every document or file that I save - I save into the external hard-drive in case of a crash etc, but this looks like it is going to prove difficult in Linux.

Is there any Linux distro that automatically mounts such external hard drives by default within it's installation?

If I was to copy across all of my saved files from the Seagate HD to another HD- what would be the best format to use for the Seagate if I was to use it in Linux as a default storage, maybe I could then copy my files from the 2nd external back to the Seagate? - Is this possible?- If the Seagate was formatted to a format Linux 'likes' & could work with from startup that would make things easier- would this work?

PS- I am a newbie so I would struggle with complex solutions

Also I do have a System_Rescue_Disc - I thought there may be programs on there that could assist.....

Many thanks for any reply.

Paul
 
Old 05-03-2014, 07:52 PM   #2
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The best way is to enter it in your /etc/fstab (file system table) file with the user,rw,auto flags.

Here's an example from my system (I used UUIDs because they ensure that the devices always mount to the same mount points).

Code:
#Passport
UUID=61392d23-943e-48a6-b250-3f6ae8069769   /media/sdb1   ext3      user,rw,noauto      0     1
#Toshiba 
UUID=463AAFC33AAFADFD                /media/sdc1          ntfs      user,rw,noauto      0     1
Here's a good article about how to do that in Ubuntu: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-f...-update-fstab/

Here's a good overview of fstab from the Arch wiki, which is always an excellent resource. https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/fstab

Make a copy of the original fstab before you edit it. (sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak, for example)

If you get a line wrong, it's not a crisis. All that will happen is that that particular device won't be available until you fix the error. Just be careful not to accidentally modify any of the existing lines that were put there by the installation.
 
Old 05-03-2014, 08:58 PM   #3
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I think it has something to do with the external Hard Drive itself- there's nothing wrong with the HD - it has worked fine- responsive etc in XP, but it is Seagate & I do believe Seagate can sometimes have compatibility issues working in other systems, for example it's the only hard device to NOT work in my PVR. I have tried a generic 16gb usb stick - it is recognised, & now I put in a different external HD - a Samsung 2TB & both of these mount automatically & play the files contained.

Does anyone else have issues with Seagate External HDs?

Paul
 
Old 05-05-2014, 08:46 PM   #4
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I have never had a Seagate external. Western Digital, Iomega, Toshiba, never a Seagate.

Do you have access to another computer (maybe even a friend's that you could use for five minutes) for a test?

I have been thinking about your original post--I was not beating on all cylinders Saturday night when I wrote my response--something about a restaurant I dislike getting its revenge on me for dining there.

I have had Mint on several computers and have not yet experienced a problem mounting an external drive or other mass storage device (MP3 player, SD card, etc.). I plug it in, the icon appears in the file manager/desktop, I click on it, and it mounts.

I agree with you that something else might be going on here.

This article suggests some troubleshooting steps to help you get started: http://www.ehow.com/facts_7525769_pr...hdd-linux.html
 
Old 05-06-2014, 08:01 AM   #5
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yeah Frankbell that is a good article - thanks - I'll check it out later.

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