External Hard drive problem
k5di at zianet.com
Mon May 5 19:20:07 UTC 2008
Linda Hanigan wrote:
> I am hoping someone can help me. I have a seagate 500gb external usb
> hard drive. It has a NTFS filessystem. I was backing up to it last week
> and caught the power cord so it was the equivalent of turning it off so
> it was not unmounted. Now the drive is not recognized by Windows or
> Linux. I tried doing mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /media/free. I tried
> using -o force. Can anyone help me it says it can't find a drive on sda1
> so I don't know if I can even reformat it.
Hard to tell what happened to your hard drive. Assume the drive is
fine but the format is ruined. Do this:
1. Plug in the external hard drive and find out what it's address is on
your computer. On mine it is /media/drive/, but may be anything on
yours. When you get the proper address write it down.
2. Now you need to dis-mount the external and that is done by right
clicking the image on the desktop.
3. Now do this in a terminal:
$ sudo mkfs.ext3 /media/drive
It will complete and should say it was successful.
Now you can use it again.
If the HD is broken get a new one and do 1.,2.,3. on it.
Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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