unable to mount a HDD which is work well on windows system

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unable to mount a HDD which is work well on windows system

Postby LeadAB » 2019-11-09 18:18

Hello,

i have in my PC two disks one SDD (with two partitons one for linux Debian 10 Buster and the second for windows 10 OS ) and the second disk is HDD drive (with NTFS as file system) with my personal DATA,

the problem that i have is when i try to mount it i got this error :

NTFS signature is missing.
Failed to mount '/dev/sda': Invalid argument
The device '/dev/sda' 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?


Any ideas ?

For information, i can access my HDD well when i login on windows 10 os, also i tried to check the disk with chkdsk on windows and t had no errors,
i'm wondering if it's related to the allocation unit size wich is higher than 512bytes (by default on windows OS but on linux i dont know if it isn't supported!!).
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Re: unable to mount a HDD which is work well on windows syst

Postby sunrat » 2019-11-09 21:14

It's probably because you have fast startup enabled in Windows. This is a kind of hybrid system which leaves the drives in a hibernated power state so it starts faster. Linux cannot access a drive which has been left in this state. It's reported to save maybe 2 seconds for Windows startup but makes shutdown take longer, so is basically useless. Remedy is to disable fast startup completely.
See -
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-disa ... st-startup
https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2019/10/f ... -for-real/
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Re: unable to mount a HDD which is work well on windows syst

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-11-10 08:55

LeadAB wrote:
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NTFS signature is missing.
Failed to mount '/dev/sda': Invalid argument
The device '/dev/sda' 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?

That error message is pretty clear. Add a partition number.
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Re: unable to mount a HDD which is work well on windows syst

Postby sunrat » 2019-11-10 10:52

Head_on_a_Stick is most likely correct. The fast startup issue may show a different error from yours.
You forgot to mention exactly how you are trying to mount the partition. Could be vital information.
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Re: unable to mount a HDD which is work well on windows syst

Postby LeadAB » 2019-11-10 13:40

Hello all,

thanks a lot for your answers, jut for information, the error isn't related with the disk insteed of the partition as mentionned by @Head_on_a_Stick

i used this command : mount /dev/sdb3 /mnt and it gived me the error above.

@sunrat As mentionned, i'm trying to test after disabling fast boot, i'll give you a reply asap.
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Re: unable to mount a HDD which is work well on windows syst

Postby LeadAB » 2019-11-10 15:15

hello,

it doesn't work for me, i did a backup of my data on an other computer and then i format my disk with linux using NTFS to be able to use it in both OS and then the disk is mounted, i'm waiting for copying DATA into my disk (250 GB of DATA :oops: ) so it's ok for me with this solution. thank you.
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