Ubuntu Installation :: External Harddisk Is Not Mounted - Not Visible?

Apr 7, 2010

I use dual booting, vista ubuntu 9.10. I have just bought a new 1T external harddisk i have used it on windows to backup some files. Now I want to backup some documents in ubuntu, but the harddisk is not visible, I can't see it, ok I think the term in Linux is that it is not mounted. Is there something else one should do ?

Disk /dev/sda: 640.1 GB, 640135028736 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 77825 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xf959a599


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I tough that my computer could not mount external harddisk.Here is my mail about that subject.I use dual booting, vista ubuntu 9.10.I have just bought a new 1T external harddisk i have used it on windows to backup some files.Now I want to backup some documents in ubuntu, but the harddisk is not visible, I can't see it, ok I think the term in Linux is that it is not mounted..Disk /dev/sda: 640.1 GB, 640135028736 bytes255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 77825 cylindersUnits = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytesDisk identifier: 0xf959a599

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 1176 9437184 27 Unknown
/dev/sda2 * 1176 52188 409761792 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 52188 77826 205930496 7 HPFS/NTFS

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When attempting to create a "test" directory I get one of two messages:


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Okay, here's the information you'll need to make a diagnosis....

Here's the output of a "df -h" command:


Here's the contents of my /etc/fstab:


Here's the output of "cat /etc/mtab":


Here's the output of a mount command:


Here's the output of fdisk on the device in question:


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2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs (e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)

Command (m for help):

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