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I would like to access the hard disk from a broken laptop with my desktop computer running Lubuntu 14.04.3. I have connected it using a special cable/device that plugs into the contacts of the hard disk (removed from the laptop) and provides power as well - sorry, I don't know what it's called.

The hard disk is 'seen' on lsusb but doesn't appear anywhere mounted on the system.

Does anyone have any ideas how to mount this hard disk?

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Get the partition by using sudo blkid. lets assume it is /dev/sdb1

Now we need to make a mount location for it.

sudo mkdir /media/oldhdd

Now mount your device using such command:

sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/oldhdd
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    Mostafa, I'm sorry but this didn't work for me. I think I found the disk listed on the hard disk at /dev/bus/usb/001/004 but couldn't use that in place of your /dev/sdb1 above. The blkid trick didn't show anything new when the disk was plugged in. The mount command wouldn't accept the usb address and returned a message along the lines of it is not a block device. – user278730 Mar 13 '16 at 10:04
  • try /mnt/oldhdd/ instead of /media/oldhdd/. see if it gives same error – Mostafa Ahangarha Mar 13 '16 at 10:37

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