External Backup Disk Drive

Ramesh Rao rameshrao55 at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 24 19:28:34 UTC 2013

Hi Bas,

I started well today - very promising. I can't say the same at the end.


- KDE Partition Manager does not recognize the external drive.
- tried Gparted Live. Pleasantly surprised to find this device /dev/sdc1 displayed (NTFS format).
- reformatted as ext4
- during the whole process the Seagate Drive Power-on indicator was steady-green. 
- brought up kubuntu (v11.10)
- once again, ext drive NOT detected by File Manager, KDE Partition Manager, fdisk, lsblk.  palimpsest recognizes but wrongly - it displays the drive as having eight partitions!! Only lsusb seem to detect the device.
- Seagate Drive Power-on indicator does not light up at all.

I wanted the backup mechanism working so that I could upgrade from 11.10 to 12.04. Now it seems I may have to upgrade just to get the ext drive functioning. Chicken and egg scenario. 

Have I exhausted all my options? 

Once again thanks  for your time. I appreciate.


Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 10:55:21 +0200
Subject: RE: External Backup Disk Drive
From: basroufs at gmail.com
To: kubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com

Hello Ramesh,

really the best thing to do is reformatting the drive into EXT4, not NTFS!

Use either Palimpsest or KDE Partition Manager.

May be you can also check KDE Partition Manager.

The screenshots you show, remind me of the situation I had before reformatting my 2 TB drive, a 'Western Digital'. 

I had exactly the same problem '. Ever since I have reformatted it, it works flawlessly. 
> is it possible that the drives need to be reformatted? Right now the 
devices ... show "0 bytes 
Something like this I remember also from my Western Digital HD before reformatting it. 

! You need only to reformat your external HD, not anything else!
Check also your drives with KDE Partition Manager - probably better to reformat your external drive via that package. 

> Although I thought the 
drives come formatted mostly in NFTS format (as already mentioned by you
 in an earlier email).
- I am little skeptical about reformatting, reason - I may have to ultimately return the drive 
This is not an issue in my opinion. NTFS is just a file system. When using Linux, you can better work with EXT4 - another file system. 

Have a good day.


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