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my file explorer (caja on Ubuntu Mate 18.04) is suddenly showing 2 mounted devices filesystem and efi. My hard drive is not mounting now. What might be the problem?

Screenshot. Please look in the left pane for external mounted devices

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There only possibility I can think of is that a recent update caused the appearance of drives/partitions on your pc. On my pc filesystem is merely a shortcut to your root folder.efi means Extensible Firmware Interface system partition or ESP is a partition on a data storage device (usually a hard disk drive or solid-state drive) that is used by computers adhering to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).

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