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Thread: impossible to mount external HDD, can you help me please ?

  1. #1
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    impossible to mount external HDD, can you help me please ?

    Hello everybody,
    i'm a newbie and i've got some problems because i can't mount an external HDD (NTFS) witn knoppix 5.1

    i put this :

    knoppix@Knoppix:~$ sudo mount /dev/sda1
    mount: you must specify the filesystem type

    so i did this : knoppix@Knoppix:~$ sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sda1
    Usage: mount -V : print version
    mount -h : print this help
    mount : list mounted filesystems
    mount -l : idem, including volume labels
    So far the informational part. Next the mounting.
    The command is `mount [-t fstype] something somewhere'.
    Details found in /etc/fstab may be omitted.
    mount -a [-t|-O] ... : mount all stuff from /etc/fstab
    mount device : mount device at the known place
    mount directory : mount known device here
    mount -t type dev dir : ordinary mount command
    Note that one does not really mount a device, one mounts
    a filesystem (of the given type) found on the device.
    One can also mount an already visible directory tree elsewhere:
    mount --bind olddir newdir
    or move a subtree:
    mount --move olddir newdir
    A device can be given by name, say /dev/hda1 or /dev/cdrom,
    or by label, using -L label or by uuid, using -U uuid .
    Other options: [-nfFrsvw] [-o options] [-p passwdfd].
    For many more details, say man 8 mount .

    do you have any solution please ?

  2. #2
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    Apr 2005
    With a bit of luck, a new icon should popup on your desktop when connecting the drive, and you can then mount by right-clicking. If this doesn't work, try booting with the drive already active, knoppix should then notice it and create an entry for it in /etc/fstab (and a corresponding desktop icon). If you insist on using "mount", see "man mount" (or "#mount" in the konqueror address bar). Hint: you need to provide the device entry and mount point; the filesystem type is usually guessed correctly. Something like
    $ sudo mount /dev/sda1 /media/sda1
    The mount point (/mnt/sda1 in older releases) should have been created for you but there's a slight chance you'd need to md it yourself.
    Note that only with the most recent KNOPPIX releases has it become safe to write to ntfs; you'd then use
    $ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /media/sda1

  3. #3
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    Oct 2007
    From my experience with v5.1.1

    The mount point is defined once the drive is detected. So, you can just simply:

    knoppix@Knoppix:~$ sudo mount /media/sda1

    (Not sure what is the naming convention. When I use USB flash drive, it was named /media/sda. When I use external hard disk, it was named /media/sda1).

    In addition, if the desktop icon is not automatically created and you need it, you can create it manually, like what we do on Windows.

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