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Discussion in 'Linux / BSD / Mac OS X' started by mab1376, Oct 4, 2007.

  1. mab1376

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    im running Kubuntu 7.04 and my seagate 500GB external isn't working but works fine in XP. any ideas?

    also any news on 32 bit x-fi drivers?
     
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    NTFS or FAT32?

    There's a lot in the Ubuntu forums on the topic -- a search will get you a ton of hits. Basically, there's some tradeoff between "hotplug response" versus "solid mount with permissions". I set mine to mount "by UUID", and as long as it's plugged in when I boot, it's solid. Hotplug doesn't work that well when you do it this way, however.
     
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    its NTFS but it reads my XP partition fine which is also NTFS.
     
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    Theres the problem... Linux cannot see NTFS.
     
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    You need to install the ntfs-3g package from the repo, then mount the USB drive/partition as a ntfs-3g filesystem. Here's the relevant line from my /etc/fstab file:

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    UUID=A8FC3435FC33FC5E /media/NTFSTICK ntfs-3g user,atime,rw,nodev,nosuid 0 0
    This happens to be a USB thumbdrive, but it's the same for a USB hard drive. :)
     
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    DIBL is 100% correct

    ntfs-3g is the new driver recently developed, allows for writing to ntfs partitions without a sacrifice to a god ;)

    sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g ntfsprogs
    (the ntfsprogs has a tool which 'cleans' dirty unmounts of ntfs volumes)

    After doing that you will be able to read/write mount your ntfs volumes.

    The line that DIBL has quoted allows you as a non super user to automatically mount the drive without any permission issues.

    To find the UUID i am stumped, its a unique number but i dont know where to find it, you could probably do a bit of googling.

    The rest of the line just says the filesystem type (ntfs-3g), the options (user mountable, something, readwrite, something, something) and the other just says that it doesnt need to be fscked and checked (not needed cause its a portable drive, would slow the mounting process)
     
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    In a console window, enter
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    blkid
    to see the conventional device/partition ID (/dev/hd_ or sd_) alongside the UUID for that partition, for all drives and partitions.

    :)
     

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