NTFS drive wont mount - "unknown filesystem"?

David McNally david3333333 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 21 21:47:51 UTC 2010

Just to see if it works, I clicked reply to my original email. Maybe
that will help? Maybe not. We'll see.

I was thinking, is there any way to assign a drive letter to the drive
in windows compmgmt.msc? I didn't notice one, but there might be. If
there is, then it will probably show up in My Computer, and then I can
right-click on the drive, click properties, tools, check for errors.

But I think assigning a drive letter that way is a bit unlikely to
work, considering that I spent a pretty long time going through
compmgmt and I couldn't find anything. So I think that I'm stuck with
some recovery tools. Does anyone know of some really good tools for
fixing this?

On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 4:53 PM, David McNally <david3333333 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Everyone.
> Back when i used windows i got a 700 GB USB external hard drive. It
> was formatted with NTFS because it was first set up on windows. I've
> been using it since then on Ubuntu, without any problems. i never
> bothered to reformat it as a better filesystem because the NTFS worked
> well enough, and I didn't want to mess with it. However, it isn't
> working properly anymore. Maybe someone here can help me.
> I opened up GParted to see if i could find a problem with it. When i
> go into GParted and select the hard drive, it tells me that the file
> system is "unknown". Next to the word "unknown" is a black square. It
> is able to determine the correct size (698.64 GiB), but can not tell
> me how much is used and how much is unused. Under partition, it says
> "/dev/sdf1" and then has a little orange triangle with an "!" in it.
> When i go into Nautilus, the hard drive is not listed or mentioned in
> any way.
> I can tell that this isn't good, but I was hoping that someone had
> maybe seen this before and might know how to help. It looks like the
> rest of the computer is working just fine. Ubuntu boots from the
> internal hard drive properly, so I'm still able to use the computer
> like normal, but the external hard drive isn't working at all. I did
> have quite a lot of important stuff on it, so it's pretty important
> for me to be able to use it again.
> Thanks in advance!
> --
> David McNally
> david3333333 at gmail.com
> Linux Kernel 2.6.31-17-generic

David McNally
david3333333 at gmail.com
Linux Kernel 2.6.31-17-generic

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