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Old 04-10-2016, 08:25 AM   #1
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cannot access HDD

Installed Mint 17 on new build. Have SSD and HDD. It appears that OS wants to save everything to SSD and I can't save pictures, documents etc. to the HDD (which is a lot larger than SSD and was my intent to use it for file/picture storage). Any idea how to get access to HDD? It shows up on Desktop when I open "Computer" icon but both SSD and HDD say can't mount either of these drives.
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You have to create a filesystem on HDD,
sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdb
Make sure sdb is your HDD before issuing this command!
Then you can mount it in your home directory under storage or pictures or whatever you like and start using it.
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You need to have a mount point and you need to set the user:group and permissions correctly. If it is like Ubuntu which it is derived from, start by checking the permissions and owner:group on the partition on the external drive. How are you trying to mount the partitions? What filesystem do you have on the partition(s)? If it is a windows ntfs partition, the link below should help. If not, you need to post more information on what it is and what you have tried and what the results were.
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**DO NOT format that drive (create a file system) if it already has data on it that you want to save.**

It sounds as if all you want to do is add an existing drive that is already formatted.

Here's a tutorial. Skip down to the section labeled "Create a Mount Point."


If you are not sure how your system is seeing the drive, you can run the dmesg command and parse the output. Dmesg produces a lot of output. You might want to pipe the results to a file and then examine the file in a text editor.

[CODE]dmesg > somefile.txt

If dmesg doesn't seem to help, see this:


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