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Old 09-03-2010, 05:26 PM   #1
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Unhappy External Hard Drive Won't Mount on Karmic, Macbook 2,1 Again!

Hi everyone,

Earlier this year I encountered a problem with my external hard drive; it would not mount automatically and I kept getting an error message. Last time I was able to fix it by typing in the terminal 'sudo fsck /dev/sdb2'. Once again it's not mounting automatically and I'm not even getting the error message. I can't format the drive because I have important data on it. The drive is 1TB Select USB 2.0 Desktop Hard Drive
from Iomega.

Also, I plugged in the drive, typed the command "sudo fdisk -l" in the terminal, and received the following:

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.

Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000d1620

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 1 977 ef EFI (FAT-12/16/32)
/dev/sda2 * 1 13995 112413086 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 13995 14594 4806727+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

I have no clue what's wrong with it now. I've tried to fix it the same way that I did last time, but it's not working.

I've been researching through forums and Google searches, but I haven't come across anything helpful yet.

Thank you for your help!
Old 09-03-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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If you have access to a Windows computer will it mount under that? Or maybe from a different Linux distro? I had an issue similar to this and the only way I could fix it was to backup all the data on the drive and reformat it with a EXT file system. Most external harddrives comes with a FAT partition. The FAT partition just didn't want to play nice with my install of Ubuntu.
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Smile Thank you

Hi. I fixed it. Thanks for your help! I really appreciate it.


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