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I am unable to mount my NTFS drive on the latest stable Ubuntu Server 14.04 :

$ sudo mount /dev/sdc /media/wd3TbHdd -t ntfs
NTFS signature is missing.
Failed to mount '/dev/sdc': Invalid argument
The device '/dev/sdc' doesn't seem to have a valid NTFS.
Maybe the wrong device is used? Or the whole disk instead of a
partition (e.g. /dev/sda, not /dev/sda1)? Or the other way around?

Here is my fdisk output (edited to remove non /dev/sdc info) :

$ fdisk -l

...

WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sdc'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.


Disk /dev/sdc: 3000.6 GB, 3000592982016 bytes
256 heads, 63 sectors/track, 363376 cylinders, total 5860533168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdc1               1  4294967295  2147483647+  ee  GPT
Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary.

 ...

I have 4 HDD's attached and one of them being a NTFS that works fine on my Windows machine but not here on my Ubuntu Server

  • So, rather than fdisk, which "doesn't support GPT", use sudo parted -l, and see what that says about /dev/sdc – waltinator Mar 1 at 18:46
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You are trying to mount whole Hard Disk drive instead of Partition on it. Try mounting /dev/sdc1 instead of /dev/sdc.

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    I still get an error: "the device '/dev/sdc1' doesn't seem to have a valid NTFS" – IgorGanapolsky Jun 12 '16 at 17:43
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    I recommend opening separate question, because your's is not really related to device/partition problem of OP. However, it's possible that there's really no valid NTFS filesystem on that partition. Try double-checking that it exists, and if it does - run ntfsfix from ntfs-3g package. – user3901453 Jun 13 '16 at 18:57
  • Thanks, but I solved it with mkntfs command. Essentially this was an external SATA drive connected to my Raspberry PI. – IgorGanapolsky Jun 13 '16 at 19:14
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I was facing the same problem but maybe worse.

Disk /dev/sdd: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243201 cylinders, total 3907029168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x2052474d

This doesn't look like a partition table
Probably you selected the wrong device.

Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdd1   ?     6579571  1924427647   958924038+  70  DiskSecure Multi-Boot
Partition 1 does not start on physical sector boundary.
/dev/sdd2   ?  1953251627  3771827541   909287957+  43  Unknown
Partition 2 does not start on physical sector boundary.
/dev/sdd3   ?   225735265   225735274           5   72  Unknown
Partition 3 does not start on physical sector boundary.
/dev/sdd4      2642411520  2642463409       25945    0  Empty

Partition table entries are not in disk order
Note: sector size is 2048 (not 512)

But I did the above mentioned command with a slight mod, from this:

sudo mount /dev/sdc /media/wd3TbHdd -t ntfs

To this:

create a directory where you wanna mount the hdd: mkdir /media/tmp/

then sudo mount /dev/sdX /media/tmp -t ntfs

  • Excuse me if I'm missing something, but how is this the same issue? – wjandrea Aug 20 '17 at 18:35
  • It's because I also faced the issue of NTFS signature missing and resolved it by do the steps I mentioned above. My apologies, wjandrea, if I misinterpreted the issue. – remyx Sep 9 '17 at 6:08
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Had the same problem with the NTFS file system and the mount worked as fat file system.

mkdir ~/bkpup
sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 ~/bkpup/

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