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Storage gets listed in lsub but is not mounted by nautilus. I tried 2 different devices: a usb stick and an external HDD. usb mouse on same port works fine. is there anyway to force mount it?

my /etc/fstab file,

# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> 
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0 
# / was on /dev/sda6 during installation 
UUID=f1fd50a1-7a61-413c-9332-4bf94cb3321c / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1 
# swap was on /dev/sda7 during installation 
UUID=4d1ab5a9-4477-4222-b6d0-cdc5818fc55e none swap sw 0 0
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    what dmsg shows? – hingev May 27 '12 at 6:18
  • cat /etc/fstab what it shows? – Rahul Virpara May 27 '12 at 6:36
  • what do you mean "dmsg"? – eli May 27 '12 at 6:37
  • cat/etc/fstab shows: # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0 # / was on /dev/sda6 during installation UUID=f1fd50a1-7a61-413c-9332-4bf94cb3321c / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1 # swap was on /dev/sda7 during installation UUID=4d1ab5a9-4477-4222-b6d0-cdc5818fc55e none swap sw 0 0 – eli May 27 '12 at 6:38
  • run dmesg and give output. use pastebin.com to paste and provide link to your paste. – Rahul Virpara May 27 '12 at 6:41
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I'm not sure why Nautilus isn't showing the drives. It looks like they're showing up as sdb, so you can attempt to force mount the partitions by using sdb1, sdb2, etc. Assuming you're mounting the first partition, first make a folder somewhere (I'll use /mnt/sdb1 for this example), then run:

sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/sdb1

Then cd into /mnt/sdb1 and see if the files are showing up. Any error you get will help you diagnose the real problem. I would normally guess here that the filesystem might be corrupt, but that's unlikely to be true for two separate drives.

  • Also, Nautilus usually tries to mount the drives somewhere in /media; you might check there and see if maybe it's just not showing up in the file manager. It'll be either /media/[Drive Label] or /media/[UUID] by default, I think. – Nicholas Flynt May 27 '12 at 6:49
  • It worked and mounted the drive with this error message: eli@eli-Latitude-E6420:~$ sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/sdb1 The disk contains an unclean file system (0, 0). The file system wasn't safely closed on Windows. Fixing. – eli May 27 '12 at 6:52
  • after un-mounting and re-inserting the drive to the usb port- nautilus still does not mount it automatically. it does not apear in /media either. I mounted it again using the mount command and this time got no error message. – eli May 27 '12 at 6:56
  • @eli Try opening terminal and running sudo fsck /dev/sdb1or sudo dosfsck /dev/sdb1. You can't paste the command into Terminal without right-clicking, so type them. Carefully. Also, *be sure to change the device name as necessary as fsck can, in rare cases , do weird things where you don't want them to be done. – hexafraction May 29 '12 at 20:37
  • I get this message: fsck: fsck.ntfs: not found. and for the second command: Currently, only 1 or 2 FATs are supported, not 0. – eli May 29 '12 at 20:47

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