I have an external 500GB HDD. It has Mini-B USB port and tonight I bought a new cable for it. Now, I'm testing the cable (and the hard drive). When I plug it into my pc, the HDD's light turns on but my Xubuntu doens't recognize it.
There is no "sdb" in the "/dev" directory. I checked it by Gparted, testdisk, fdisk, ... but none of them could find the device to check it. I even checked the "dmesg" but there was no sign of my HDD.
How can I understand if the hard drive is dead or just the cable is broken?
(Totally how can I get if the HDD (or any other devices like coolpads, ...) is identified by linux?)