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I downloaded Ubuntu onto a cd and booted my laptop with it. When it was loading up it said something about checking filesystems. I just let it run until it was done. It then gave me an option to try Ubuntu or install it. I did the option to try it and it went to the desktop.

I then connected the HDD via this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073SB3PD4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_4RDNJHV129BM7DWHNKNC?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

The HDD model is this: Hitachi IC35L090AVV207-0

I opened Files to see if I could open and read the HDD but I don't see it in Other Locations. I then followed a guide and found that the name for the HDD I'm looking for is sda. I then ran sudo fdisk -l and then afterwards ran sudo mount /dev/sda /mnt. However, it returned an error that said mount: /mnt: no medium found on /dev/sda. What am I doing wrong?

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  • Was the device on sda ? You need to adjust for your actual hardware?, ie. lsblk will list block devices (disks, partitions etc) or you could use blkid to view block device IDs... The model of drive matters less (you gave very specific details on that) than the motherboard & especially settings in the firmware of your actual hardware (you gave no specifics on that, but we may not know your specific hardware anyway.. thus viewing details using commands is more useful such as lsblk, blkid etc) – guiverc Apr 15 at 4:01
  • @guiverc This is what shows up when I run those commands: imgur.com/a/IGxfUwg – whatwhatwhat Apr 15 at 4:14
  • There is no sda listed there is there, they appear to be nvnm0n1p9 (where 9 is the partition) but pictures are harder to read than text, so adjust for whatever is actually there.. and whichever partition you're trying to read (the type & details in the messages provide a huge clue). – guiverc Apr 15 at 4:18
  • @guiverc none of these seem to be the HDD I'm looking for though. I unplugged the HDD and ran those same commands and the list didn't change. Does this mean that Ubuntu isn't recognizing the HDD? – whatwhatwhat Apr 15 at 4:32
  • Yes it's likely your machine isn't reading the block device (disk), so I'd explore the SMART stats for the drive (ie. from the chips & electronics on the actual drive itself, which provide details even fi the disk itself is dead unless the circuit board on the drive is dead or without power, unplugged or other hardware like issue usually detected by operator); ie. help.ubuntu.com/community/Smartmontools You've provided no release details so it's generic advice; GUI tools can be used too – guiverc Apr 15 at 4:53

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