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Basically I my 12.10 update crashed halfway through, so I've had to start again and put all my data onto an external HDD. It was all going fine until this came up :

Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/amy/CA47-8339: Command-line `mount -t "vfat" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,shortname=mixed,dmask=0077,utf8=1,showexec,flush" "/dev/sdb1" "/media/amy/CA47-8339"' exited with non-zero exit status 32: mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb1,
       missing codepage or helper program, or other error
       In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
       dmesg | tail  or so

When I tried to restore my info off the HDD. Now I'm stuck completely clueless as to how I'll get anything off the hard drive.

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Did you try dmesg | tail as the error message suggests? There is more diagnostics in there. –  January Oct 15 '12 at 18:11

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Does this work?

sudo mkdir -p /media/amy/CA47-8339 &>/dev/null
sudo mount -t vfat -o /dev/sdb1 /media/amy/CA47-8339
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Could you please explain what is vfat here? I have similar problem, the external hard drive is formatted with ext4 file system. I'd like to try your solution, but I'm not sure how should I adopt it. Thanks –  maria May 4 '13 at 17:50
@maria vfat is the filesystem type. For an ext4, it would be -t ext4 –  belacqua Jun 4 '13 at 21:36
@belacqua thanks :) –  maria Jun 10 '13 at 15:46

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