Unable to mount location - 1TB WD External drive / Windows and Ubuntu

By fluffykitten ยท 5 replies
May 4, 2010
  1. I have been using my WD External drive/mybook as they call it with Ubuntu, until now recently connected it to my laptop running windows vista, I know it sucks but I just got this laptop and using it instead of my tower to save power and just run the laptop 24x7 pretty much and the tower when I need it and during the day I keep it on but anyway's. I copied a lot of files over to the external drive, disconnected it and pluged it back over to my laptop running windows and none of the files were shown, the files I just copied but the other stuff is still on it.

    I get this message when reconnecting it to Ubuntu when trying to use it.

    Have I damaged the drive, I hope not and hope to fix this problem to run on both OS.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,158   +986

    you need to run CHKDSK /f from a windows command prompt
  3. ifergus

    ifergus TS Rookie

    What if you dont have windows?
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    From your post above, you do have Windows though?

    I would recommend you fix the error by doing the above in windows in the first instance.

    Linux will happily read NTFS discs, so I'd imagine the problem is down to the disc being busy when you removed it from your windows OS. Chkdsk will hopefully sort the issue.
  5. balinjdl

    balinjdl TS Rookie

    ntfsfix and ntfs-3g

    I found a fix on ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=656025 that worked for me (Ubuntu 10.10 + external WD MyBook). Use ntfsfix and ntfs-3g as the post describes. Helped me. HTH.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,158   +986

    yes ntfs-3g is a package that can be added to Linux and Mac OS distros when needed :)
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