This whole problem began a few months back when I tried to transfer data from my external hdd (formatted to NTFS) to a computer using Windows 7. While in Ubuntu, there is about 1 TB worth of data (important things which I would rather not lose), but when I tried to access those files from Windows, they didn't show up
After lots of Googling and trying things, I did the following using a spare external HDD that I had (same manufacturer, same capacity) .
- Formatted the spare drive to
- Transferred every file from old drive to spare drive.
- Reformatted old drive to NTFS using
- Transferred some files on to the old drive to test if it works on Windows, and it did.
Now the problem is, when I try plugging the old drive again in Ubuntu, it doesn't mount. I noticed this happens when the spare drive is already mounted. I have tried formatting the old drive to Ext4, FAT32 and again in NTFS but no luck so far.
I get this error message when trying to mount the spare drive with the old drive already mounted and a similar one when the drives are reversed:
Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper failed with: mount: only root can mount /dev/sdc1 on /media/Seagate External
This is the result of trying to mount the drive via the terminal:
sebastian@ubuntu:~$ sudo mount /dev/sdc1 [sudo] password for sebastian: ntfs-3g: Failed to access volume '/dev/sdc1': No such file or directory ntfs-3g 2012.1.15AR.1 external FUSE 28 - Third Generation NTFS Driver Configuration type 7, XATTRS are on, POSIX ACLS are on Copyright (C) 2005-2007 Yura Pakhuchiy Copyright (C) 2006-2009 Szabolcs Szakacsits Copyright (C) 2007-2011 Jean-Pierre Andre Copyright (C) 2009 Erik Larsson Usage: ntfs-3g [-o option[,...]] <device|image_file> <mount_point> Options: ro (read-only mount), remove_hiberfile, uid=, gid=, umask=, fmask=, dmask=, streams_interface=. Please see the details in the manual (type: man ntfs-3g). Example: ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows News, support and information: http://tuxera.com sebastian@ubuntu:~$ sudo mount /dev/sdd1 The disk contains an unclean file system (0, 0). The file system wasn't safely closed on Windows. Fixing. fuse: failed to access mountpoint /media/Seagate External_: No such file or directory
This is the fstab, if it makes a difference:
# /etc/fstab: static file system information. # # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0 /dev/sdd1 /media/Seagate\040External_ ntfs-3g defaults,nosuid,nodev,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0 /dev/sdc1 /media/Seagate\040External ntfs-3g defaults,nosuid,nodev,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0 /dev/sdc1 /media/sdc1 ntfs-3g defaults,locale=en_US.UTF-8 0 0 /dev/sdc2 /media/sdc2 ext4 defaults 0 0 /host/ubuntu/disks/root.disk / ext4 loop,errors=remount-ro 0 1 /host/ubuntu/disks/swap.disk none swap loop,sw 0 0
I should also mention that the old drive originally had a second partition of ~100 GB with nothing on it.
Any insights would be appreciated.