How DO I mount my usb external HDD

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How DO I mount my usb external HDD

Postby MattDobson » 2010-02-02 04:55

I have an external HDD which is NFTS and Debian doesnt seem to recognise it as it won't mount, how do I do this.

Is there any further info required?
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Re: How DO I mount my usb external HDD

Postby Zero » 2010-02-02 06:00

Being NTFS should not be an issue, it should still b able to mount and read it , just needs extras to wrie to it. It's usb-connected I assume? Have you tried different usb-ports? It should mount and open automatically.
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Re: How DO I mount my usb external HDD

Postby MattDobson » 2010-02-02 06:24

Yes it is usb, I havent tried different ports and to be honest I never thought about that. I will give it a shot.
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Re: How DO I mount my usb external HDD

Postby Absent Minded » 2010-02-02 11:32

for just read access you can use this command as root:

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mkdir /mnt/ntfs       (makes a directory called ntfs)
mount -t ntfs /dev/sda1 /mnt/ntfs


sda1 is my best guess at where your drive is in the system.

for write access you will want to install ntfs-3g and have a look at :
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man mount
to get the correct option for mounting with write permission. The command may then look something like this:
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mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/ntfs -rw
but my memory is not so hot so look it up to be sure that code will work.
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Re: How DO I mount my usb external HDD

Postby debil » 2010-02-02 12:00

Absent Minded wrote:sda1 is my best guess at where your drive is in the system.

To make sure, do
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$ dmesg | tail
few seconds after having plugged your drive in.
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