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I am having a strange issue with external hard drives/USB sticks/CD/SD card etc. in Oneiric 11.10. When I connect any storage device it seems that the device is recognised by the system (I get "Attached SCSI removable disk" in the syslog) but the device is not auto-mounted. Nor does it even show up in nautilus so that I can click to mount it.

I also noted that gparted shows my internal HD (/dev/sda) as unallocated although it has 5 partitions on it.

sudo fdisk -lu Shows all partitions as expected [although it says "omitting empty partition (5) for some reason"]

omitting empty partition (5)

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397168 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: 0xb8000000

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1             187   426219519   213109666+   5  Extended
/dev/sda2       410023936   426217471     8096768   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3   *   426220515   488375999    31077742+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda5             189   348337394   174168603   83  Linux
/dev/sda6   *   348337458   410021887    30842215   83  Linux

Any ideas on how to troubleshoot further? Might there be an issue with an abstraction layer used by gparted and auto-mounting both?

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Show the results of fdisk -lu in your question. If gparted doesn't show any partitions it is because the partition table is corrupted in some way. –  psusi Jan 15 '12 at 14:57
Could you provide some detail as to how the disk ended up this way. From what I see, partitions 5(Linux),6(Linux),2(Swap) are all logical partitions inside sda1. sda3(ntfs) is the only bootable partition. Are any of the Linux partitions your root filesystem or are you booting from a different drive? –  Huckle Jan 15 '12 at 18:31
Sure, I used to have to linux partitions of ~30GB and one data partition ~200GB (all ext4). I then removed one of the linux partitions (in gparted) and created a an NTFS partition as part of the windows XP install procedure. Could it be that the partition I installed windows into was inside an logical partition and so windows somehow made a normal partition in the middle of the logical one (because windows doesn't support logical partitions, right?)? If so.. Any hope of fixing this? –  Kristofer Jan 15 '12 at 18:57
The /dev/sda6 is my root partition in Ubuntu and it says in fstab that it was on sda7 during installation –  Kristofer Jan 15 '12 at 19:08
/dev/sda5 is the ~200GB "data-storage" partition (was sda6 during ubuntu installation) sda2 (swap) was on sda5 during ubuntu installation. –  Kristofer Jan 15 '12 at 19:13