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Old 10-13-2008, 07:56 PM   #1
BerikTheMighty
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cant mount ext. hard drive


i have this problem, where when i connect my external hard drive to the computer, it sees the device but when i try to open it it says it cant open it, because the ntfs is marked to be in use. i plugged it in to other computers with vista and it works fine, so its not a problem with the hard drive, and also it used to work with my computer, up until a couple days ago when it just stopped working for no apparent reason. any help would be greatly appreciated! (i use ubuntu)
 
Old 10-13-2008, 08:49 PM   #2
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You may not have disconnected it properly. If you have the ntfsprogs package installed, you could run "ntfsfix" on the filesystem. This will mark it as needing to be checked. Then vista will run a scan of the filesystem, marking it as OK when finished (assuming there isn't an unfixable problem with the filesystem or drive. Ntfsfix will only repair simple problems and not try to attempt others. Let Vista do the rest.
 
Old 10-14-2008, 06:04 AM   #3
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thank you, ill try that, but where do i get the ntfsprog package?
 
Old 10-14-2008, 06:08 AM   #4
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oh nevermind, i just took it to my sisters computer connected it and then did "safely remove hardware" and now it works!
 
Old 10-15-2008, 05:49 AM   #5
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It sounds like Ubuntu noted the state of the filesystem and didn't mount it to protect it.
 
  


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