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The output from fdisk -l is below:

255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x72078d5f

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1              63       80324       40131   de  Dell Utility
/dev/sda2   *       80325    30800324    15360000    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3        30800325   759169796   364184736    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda4       759171070   976771071   108800001    5  Extended
/dev/sda5       759171072   968409087   104619008   83  Linux
/dev/sda6       968411136   976771071     4179968   82  Linux swap / Solaris

after doing dmesg | tail I get this:

[   30.392242] init: Failed to spawn hybrid-gfx main process: unable to execute: No such file or directory
[   36.588952] wlan0: authenticate with 4c:17:eb:93:72:5a
[   36.597507] wlan0: send auth to 4c:17:eb:93:72:5a (try 1/3)
[   36.600400] wlan0: authenticated
[   36.600605] wlan0: waiting for beacon from 4c:17:eb:93:72:5a
[   36.686606] wlan0: associate with 4c:17:eb:93:72:5a (try 1/3)
[   36.691923] wlan0: RX AssocResp from 4c:17:eb:93:72:5a (capab=0x411 status=0 aid=3)
[   36.705582] wlan0: associated
[   36.705621] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlan0: link becomes ready
[   93.510473] init: plymouth-stop pre-start process (2714) terminated with status 1
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/dev/sda is most probably your primary hard disk (internal). Your external drive should be /dev/sdx. where x is the next available letter. –  To Do Sep 24 '13 at 20:08
    
Could you connect your drive and immediately after in a terminal type dmesg | tail. Post the output by editing your question. –  To Do Sep 24 '13 at 20:11

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