Dumb gnubie hard disk installation questions

jdesmond at fast.net jdesmond at fast.net
Wed Oct 22 20:33:16 BST 2008



Salutations, gentlefolk,

As my old Windows computer is hittingthe 'one-horse-shay' point, I decided to
join the 21st century, and acquired a lightly-used Dell Dimension 8200 running
Kubuntu (Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic, KDE 3.5.9)

Got the bright idea that I could install old hard disk - with FAT32 file system
- in new computer, make shifting files easier.  So, following instructions at
 https://help.ubuntu.com/community/InstallingANewHardDrive

typed into terminal:
 sudo lshw -C disk
with the results

*-disk:0
       description: ATA Disk
       product: MAXTOR 6L080J4
       vendor: Maxtor
       physical id: 0
       bus info: scsi at 0:0.0.0
       logical name: /dev/sda
       version: A93.
       serial: 664218617651
       size: 74GiB (80GB)
       capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
       configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=00000001

  *-disk:1
       description: ATA Disk
       product: WDC WD800JB-00FM
       vendor: Western Digital
       physical id: 0.1.0
       bus info: scsi at 0:0.1.0
       logical name: /dev/sdb
       version: 13.0
       serial: WD-WCAJ93326997
       size: 74GiB (80GB)
       capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
       configuration: ansiversion=5

  *-cdrom ...

then typed in:
  john at blackbox:~$ sudo mkdir /media/westdigA
 john at blackbox:~$ sudo mount /dev/sdb /media/westdigA

and got back:
  mount: you must specify the filesystem type

So, going to
 https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MountingWindowsPartitions
I inputted, and received:
 john at blackbox:~$  sudo mount -t vfat -o defaults,user,exec /dev/sdb /media/westdigA
[sudo] password for john:
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb,
       missing codepage or helper program, or other error
       In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
       dmesg | tail  or so

So:
john at blackbox:~$ dmesg | tail
[66288.808561] usb 1-2: reset full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 3
[66289.307943] usb 1-2: reset full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 3
[66289.643516] usb 1-2: reset full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 3
[66290.066992] usb 1-2: reset full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 3
[66290.486446] usb 1-2: reset full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 3
[66290.901925] usb 1-2: reset full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 3
[66291.199633] sd 3:0:0:0: [sdc] Result: hostbyte=DID_ERROR
driverbyte=DRIVER_OK,SUGGEST_OK
[66291.199642] end_request: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 19872
[68788.543978] FAT: invalid media value (0x06)
[68788.543987] VFS: Can't find a valid FAT filesystem on dev sdb.

OK, what doth I do now ?


Second, is there any Linux clupboard manager equivalent to ClipMate
(www.thornsoft.com for details thereon) ?  Used to that productivity tool, miss
it now.

Thanks very much for your help with these questions.

Yours, John Desmond




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