Help for usb disk and usb pendrive

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Mar 12 13:31:06 UTC 2008

Valter Mura wrote:

> Hi All,
> I *would* like to definitely solve the issue that bores me since several
> months.
> I bought an external dstorage usb disk of 320 Gb. The 1st time I used it
> was with Windows and everything went well: Windows recognises it, I can
> read and write in it. The file system is "NTFS".
> Now, I've tried many times to access to it from my Linux Kubuntu (7.10
> updated) and I get always this error:
> ***
> $LogFile indicates unclean shutdown (0, 0)

Normal.  You powered off, or hibernated, the Windows system.  If I hibernate
with Linux it syncs my drives before shutting them down.  Windows doesn't
seem to.  Possibly you then resumed that Windows session _without_ the USB
drive connected.

> Choice 1: If you have Windows then disconnect the external devices by
> clicking on the 'Safely Remove Hardware' icon in the Windows
> taskbar then shutdown Windows cleanly.
> Choice 2: If you don't have Windows then you can use the 'force' option
> for your own responsibility. For example type on the command line:
> mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /media/disk1 -o force
> Or add the option to the relevant row in the /etc/fstab file:
> /dev/sda1 /media/disk1 ntfs-3g defaults,force 0 0

I don't think you've been given enough discouragement about option 2.  If
I'm right, above, you run the risk of leaving your entire NTFS partition
_seriously_ corrupted if you mount it for Write, now.  Don't do it.

If you can't restart the Windows session that this was originally mounted
on, you _should_ be able to plug it into a running Windows and run scandisk
on it, which will leave it mountable (though perhaps still with 

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