Good morning, everyone! (Except for you Oz, good evening to you!)
I haven't had much time for experimenting lately as I've been doing a lot of studying for some things. But something interesting happened the other day in Mint 17.3 that shocked me back to reality.
I was in the middle of transferring quite a few files (approximately 10 GB) from one external drive to another and at some point during the transfer an error occurred. I don't know exactly when or why it happened because I left the box unattended during the rather lengthy amount of transfer time.
I returned at some point to see an error message on my screen (something to the effect of) the destination drive was not found and retry, quit, etc., were my choices. Well, I'm sitting there staring at both drives, both are powered up and plugged in, and both worked about an hour ago... Okay, un-mount and eject the one that is still showing up, power both drives down, and start swapping USB plugs around (maybe a USB socket went bad or something) and even power down the box and reboot Linux. But no matter what I tried, the one drive I was transferring to just would not show up.
In a bit of a panic now, so I plug the "phantom" drive in to my Win 7 laptop and find out there is some sort of partition error. Run CHKDSK and fix the issue. Great, now the drive and all files show up in Win, all the files I randomly check are readable and working. Whew, dodged a bullet there!
Eject it from Windows and plug it back in to the Mint box and - nothing. Start trying different plugs, reboot the Mint box again, and nothing works. Finally go to System Monitor and click on the File Systems tab. I see the portable HDD there and it tells me that there is about 350 GB of free space!?!? It's a 350 GB drive (allegedly) and there are many files on there currently, so this can't be right. Swap it back to Windows, about 125 GB of space used, about 225 GB free.
I am officially at a loss... Does Mint not like large file transfers? Was this an error with the portable HDD? Was it another evil deed done by the gremlins that sneak in and steal just one sock every time I do laundry?
Is there any possible way I can I find out what happened (so I don't repeat that mistake) and/or get Linux to recognize that drive again without re-partitioning it?