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Have I broken my friend's external usb drive?


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Hi there,

First time caller...

I have done a really stupid thing -- I unplugged my bud's hard drive with out unmounting it. Now, when I plug it back in, it whirs and clicks and sputters, over and over. And I can't mount it.

I'm working under linux (mandrake 9.1) and the external hd is a nameless (?) usb without it's own power supply.

Have I destroyed it? Can I fix it?

HELP!

Mark
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warriorscot

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I very much it is broken if it is you are the unluckiest person in the world, i would see if it works on Windows XP.
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If the disk was removed without unmounting, it will be marked as such, so you need to check the filesystem. If you know the mount point or device name, you can try using the command "fsck DEVICE" and see if it has problems and/or can correct issues with the filesystem.

If the device is listed in /etc/fstab, then you can use the mount point instead of the device name. You might want to check to see since that can tell you about it.

You might also check the log files to see if it reporting an error (/var/log).
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Thanks for the useful suggestions. Luckily, I didn't fry it. I didn't do anything to correct the problem and it seems to have disappeared. (I hate when that happens, but at least I'm back to work.)
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