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Help Please, Hard Drive Issue

Ubuntu @ January 10, 2009   Views:0

Hello,

I'm fairly new to the world of Linux (about 3 days old), about a week ago my windows started playing up again, got some virus or whatever, so decided to format it and re-install it, it didn't go all that well.

Having a friend who's a Linux user, he pointed me towards what he believed was the best option for me to install, which was the Xubuntu 8.10, I have a 4 year old AMD64 +3000 with 1gb of RAM.

Once I installed it, it had a couple of glitches, 1- All the characters on the menus and on the header of stuff like the browser, was minuscule, which i came to sort out and another problem was the fact that I have a second hard drive, 160Gb and now i can't access it. I can actually see it on Catfish(and i hope to use all the correct names) when i choose to look for a file.

Since I began my journey through Linux World joined a forum which is Xubuntu Forum, which as been great, but I have not sole my problem yet.

I was asked to gather some information, in the attempts to find out a solution, I shall post them here and hopefully it will help to find a solution. They are as follows:

Code:

cat /etc/fstab

Initially was like this:

Code:

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
proc            /proc           proc    defaults        0       0
# /dev/sda6
UUID=e13dc145-077f-4635-9f67-cde06b650574 /               ext3    relatime,errors=remount-ro 0       1
# /dev/sda7
UUID=929112e0-93dd-44b9-934b-f750e69bfd96 none            swap    sw              0       0
/dev/scd0       /media/cdrom0   udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0       0
[email protected]:~$

But since it has become like this(due to all my futile attempts to correct this.

Code:

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
#  -- This file has been automaticly generated by ntfs-config --
#
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>

proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# Entry for /dev/sda6 :
UUID=e13dc145-077f-4635-9f67-cde06b650574 / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# Entry for /dev/sda7 :
UUID=929112e0-93dd-44b9-934b-f750e69bfd96 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
/dev/sdb1 /media/My\040Stuff ntfs-3g defaults,locale=en_GB.UTF-8 0 0

and throughout my exploits i read somewhere about a command which is:

Code:

sudo fdisk -l

And it used to be like this:

Code:

Disk /dev/sda: 163. 9 GB, 163928604672 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19929 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x31ae3855

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1         387     3108546   83  Linux
/dev/sda2             388       19929   156971115    5  Extended
/dev/sda5           19557       19929     2996091   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6             388       19182   150970774+  83  Linux
/dev/sda7           19183       19556     3004123+  82  Linux swap / Solaris

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/sdb: 160. 0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 20673 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x14bd29d8

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1               1       20673   156287848+   7  HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdc: 320. 0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00006e4e

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdc1               1       38913   312568641    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

And now it's like this

Code:

Disk /dev/sda: 163.9 GB, 163928604672 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19929 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x31ae3855

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1         387     3108546   83  Linux
/dev/sda2             388       19929   156971115    5  Extended
/dev/sda5           19557       19929     2996091   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6             388       19182   150970774+  83  Linux
/dev/sda7           19183       19556     3004123+  82  Linux swap / Solaris

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
240 heads, 63 sectors/track, 20673 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 = 7741440 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x14bd29d8

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1               1       20673   156287848+   7  HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdc: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00006e4e

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdc1               1       38913   312568641    c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)

And man am i confused, I have never even attempted to program on a ZX Spectrum(for those of you that know that wonderful piece of kit)

I have also generated a mount point i Think, called My Stuff( typed it without the spaces) and i have installed and ran the ntfs GUI (i think).

Hope someone out there can help me to fix this issue I've got as i do not want to go back to Windows anymore and this is the only thing i have to sort out. It's an important one though, I have all my files backed up in there, all the photos, all the music, all the videos...

Please Please someone help me!!!!
Cheers

--------------Solutions-------------

your computer has more than enough power to run ubuntu. burn a cd of 8.10, and try that.

I believe that's what I've got, I have Xubuntu 8.10. When the pc is rebooting it shows Ubuntu 8.10.

oilchangeguy means Ubuntu 8.10.But don't try anything before we get this fixed.In short your problem is that your 160 GB HDD is not detected,right?

Yes, to put it simply , i had a Hard drive and now i can't use it, i know it's there but i can't do nothing with it

Where are you posting from?The good news is that AFAIK,you only need to edit your /etc/fstab and you will be done.Is the 320 GB HDD external?

No, the external is working fine, it's the 160Gb one....

I know,but I'm confirming whether the 320 GB is external.And are you posting from Live CD?

Yes it's external. I have formatted my hard drive, the only thing i have installed it's Xubuntu.
I'm not running the live cd(i think), well no, i installed it.

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