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Old 05-31-2018, 11:44 AM   #1
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Question Mount Seagate


Computer is Lenovo Yoga with Linux 18.2. Wish to use 2Tb Seagate Backup plus Portable Drive. Very new with mounting -- not always clear re what to type where and when.

How do I mount or activate this and can it be removable, ie so I can use it on another computer as needed?
 
Old 05-31-2018, 11:49 AM   #2
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Computer is Lenovo Yoga with Linux 18.2. Wish to use 2Tb Seagate Backup plus Portable Drive. Very new with mounting -- not always clear re what to type where and when.

How do I mount or activate this and can it be removable, ie so I can use it on another computer as needed?
Given that your profile says 18.2 Sonya, then this appears to be Linux Mint.


If it is a desktop distribution you likely will not have to use the mount command, just plug it in. Have you tried that yet? Suggest you give that a try.
 
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Hi, GID, and welcome to LQ.

External devices should auto mount in Mint. Are you not experiencing this?

Which desktop environment are you running?

If you want to share the drive between computers, you would probably best partitioning it into NTFS and ext4 partitions (sized according to your requirements).
 
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Excuse me for incomplete information-- I am very much a newbie! This is not a desktop computer. I do have Linux Mint installed on it.
I have tried plugging in the Seagate device and was informed that it was not mounted.
 
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Before diagnosing the situation using the command line, can you confirm the situation by first unplugging the external drive and opening your file manager (you haven't said which desktop environment you are using, so I'll assume Cinnamon and thus the Nemo file manager).

Look at the list of devices on the left.

Now plug in the external drive. Does the list of devices change?
 
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I would like to be able to switch the seagate to another computer, at least for a temporary use -- My Linux is my only operating system now, however I do sometimes wish to connect with Windows on another Toshiba that has both linux and Windows. (It is being retired as I get the new computer set up better!}
 
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I am using Cinnamon. Will check the file manager -- remembering that this is not a desktop computer
 
Old 05-31-2018, 12:14 PM   #8
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It shouldn't matter whether it is a desktop computer or a laptop, Mint should treat it the same as regards mounted devices (and almost all other facets of its operation).
 
Old 05-31-2018, 12:55 PM   #9
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Try this in a terminal
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$ sudo tail -f /var/log/messages
Make note of the last line. Then, plug in the external drive. Copy everything after the last line you made note of (shift+CTRL+c) and paste it here.

edit, per rtmistler's comment below, Mint eliminated /var/log/messages in v11.

Last edited by AwesomeMachine; 05-31-2018 at 02:13 PM.
 
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Try this in a terminal
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$ sudo tail -f /var/log/messages
Make note of the last line. Then, plug in the external drive. Copy everything after the last line you made note of (shift+CTRL+c) and paste it here.
This will not work on Mint. The proper command would be dmesg(8). This will obtain your system log and show information as to whether or not a drive was detected when you plugged it in.


Agree also that it does not matter if it is a desktop versus laptop. The original question about it being a desktop was to determine whether or not it is a server.


To be clear, questions:
Are you plugging this in over USB?
When you say you plugged it in and was informed that it wasn't mounted, how did you exactly get this information?
 
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