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Old 07-07-2019, 09:02 PM   #1
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External hard drive cannot be detected on 16.04 under tty1 terminal

Dear Respected members,

Recently I had some issues that still persisted. The problem is that GUI fails to start. Thanks for the effort of some members. After some search I come to know about the existing issue between graphics driver for AMD/ATI graphics cards and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS here Unfortunately, I am using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on laptop with AMD/ATI graphics cards.

Now, I decided to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, (please comment on this) hoping that the problem will go. So, I need to backup important folders. The new problem I'm facing is that external hard drive cannot be detected by the computer, which make backup impossible. Any help is appreciated.

Old 07-07-2019, 09:15 PM   #2
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This may be a stupid question, but . . . . You say you cannot see the external drive in a terminal. What command did you enter? Can you see it in a file manager? Does it show in response to the command lsusb issued in a terminal (you may have to issue the command as root).

Have you tried removing the drive and reseating it?
Old 07-07-2019, 09:26 PM   #3
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Thank you.

Yes, I checked the /media, used lsusb, remove and re-insert and also use different drivers. But I couldn't see it.

Everything seems to be working now, or at least I can access the external drive. I used
sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/external_drive_name
Now, I have upgrade to ubuntu 18.04, and everything is back to normal.


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Old 07-07-2019, 09:47 PM   #4
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have you tired having it plugged in then booting your system then looking for it? maybe a connection issue.


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