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New HD problems (Fdisk)

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#1 BlueScrn


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Posted 17 October 2009 - 07:21 PM

I recently purchased a new HD for a toshiba laptop. In all respects besides size (GB) the two are the same. I backed up the old drive completely (windows and all) using Linux (CD boot) and an external. After inserting the new HD and booting up in Back Track 3 (from CD) the new drive did not appear mounted. The drive is physically connected, as I found out with
>fdisk /dev/hda

Then it went through my mind that the drive was not formatted, so I proceeded to format the new HD with the end result of

Disk /dev/hda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 19457 156288321 7 HPFS/NTFS

The above was then written to the disk using "w"

After doing all of this the disk refuses to mount (I used >mount /dev/hda and >mount /dev/hda1 with no success.) Rebooting in linux did not fix this.

So I am stuck, I cannot copy my backup of the original HD onto the new drive because it will not mount.

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#2 Miljet


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Posted 17 October 2009 - 08:23 PM

It appears to me that you are failing to tell the mount command where to mount the partition. The mount command usually follows the format - mount, type file system, device to be mounted, where to mount it in the currently running file system.
Take a look at
man mount

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