My Maxtor External hard drive

James Gray james at
Fri Apr 25 23:51:21 UTC 2008

On 26/04/2008, at 6:44 AM, Tony Corbett wrote:
> anyone able to help help with my problem mounting my 100 GB usb ehd  
> (ntfs) by looking at these log messages?

Linux can't read the partition table.  That means either it (the  
partition table) can't be automatically detected or the drive is  
toast.  What do you see if you interrogate the partition table:

sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda

Based on the previous what happens when you try to mount a partition  
with something like this:

sudo mount -t ntfs -o ro /dev/sda[n] /media/usbhdd

where "[n]" is the NTFS partition number detected with fdisk and  
assumes the mount point "/media/usbhdd" already exists.  If the mount  
point doesn't exist simply execut "sudo mkdir -p /media/usbhdd".



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