I am using Ubuntu 12.04. When I open the external hard drive through Nautilus to access files the window immediately closes.
When I do 'nautilus' in Terminal I get the following:
Initializing nautilus-gdu extension warning: not enough tile data (2 bytes) warning: not enough tile data (2 bytes) ..(many more same lines)
So I finally got my server up and running utilizing Ubuntu 12,04 LTS Server. I copied all that data from the drive to the server in order to allow all computers on the LAN to access it. Configured Samba for the Windows clients and NFS for the Ubuntu clients. Turns out that the same crash happens when opening the networked folder in Nautilus.