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?


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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