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mandoran:
I have two questions that I think might be related. I just added an external HDD to the machine I am running Linux Lite on. First, I would like to know how to make LL, or maybe more accurately? - Krusader - automount this drive. Krusader doesn't seem to see it until I open the drive via the desktop or Thunar.

The other thing I wonder about is that I have suddenly been unable to restart the machine - it exits LL and then I get an NTLDR not found error message, start with ctr-alt-delete - which doesn't work. LL has no trouble starting though, only restarting (that I have seen so far, I haven't checked to see if it does not come out of suspend mode, for example).

I haven't been able to find these issues addressed, though did see some people saying NTLDR could be linked to the addition of external drives.

Oh - I hope this is in the right place - since I'd like something to happen on startup and stop happening on shutdown, I chose this branch, though maybe I should have gone to the hard drive section...

Thanks!

mandoran:
So ... is this a bad question?

Jerry:
Adding drives is covered step by step in the Help Manual, there is no point in us typing here what has already been made available to you.
Secondly re. NTLDR it may be related to the external drive. Once you set up the external drive correctly, check for error again.

mandoran:
I have finally had the chance to test this. Adding the drive following the advice in the manual now leads to the drive being unmounted on boot up. The NTLDR error persists on attempts to restart. If I try to mount the external drive now I get the following error: Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper failed with:
mount: according to mtab, /dev/sdb1 is already mounted on /home/jonathan/ntfsfiles
mount failed

Before, without modifying the fstab file, the drive would open Thunar after boot, when the drive would suddenly be mounted. But Krusader was not automatically mounting the drive when I ran Krusader, which was what I was hoping. And I had the NTLDR problem when restarting.

Now, after I am quite sure following the add a drive instructions, the drive does not seem to be working properly at all.

gold_finger:

--- Quote from: mandoran ---If I try to mount the external drive now I get the following error: Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper failed with:
mount: according to mtab, /dev/sdb1 is already mounted on /home/jonathan/ntfsfiles
mount failed
--- End quote ---

Error message says it's already mounted -- at /home/jonathan/ntfsfiles.  So, I'm assuming you followed instructions from Help Manual and created an entry in /etc/fstab to automount on boot.  (That looks like what is indeed happening.)  If you go to your home directory there should be a folder called "ntfsfiles".  That's the location now for your drive and the files on it.


--- Quote from: mandoran ---Before, without modifying the fstab file, the drive would open Thunar after boot, when the drive would suddenly be mounted.
--- End quote ---

Now that you have it automounted as part of the filesystem it won't do that anymore.  Just open file manager and navigate to the "ntfsfiles" directory under /home/jonathan.  I don't use Krusader, (looks similar to Midnight Commander and/or Ranger which I have), but that should work fine also -- just navigate to /home/jonathan/ntfsfiles.

If your files don't show up there for some reason, post back the output of these two commands:

--- Code: ---sudo blkid
--- End code ---

--- Code: ---cat /etc/fstab
--- End code ---



--- Quote from: mandoran ---The NTLDR error persists on attempts to restart.
--- End quote ---

Not sure what that is, but sounds like something left over from a Windows system.  Did you have Windows installed to that external drive at some point?

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