I’m very new to Linux and know little to nothing about the inner-workings of it (still too terrified of the Terminal to go near it unless I have to) but I’m having a real problem now that I can’t find a concrete solution for after searching around the web.
Two days ago I bought a Seagate external harddrive ([this one](http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/9752952/Seagate-
Expansion-1TB-External-USB-Desktop-Hard-Drive/Product.html)) And for the first day it loaded instantly and stored everything without fuss. Now though, and for no reason I can find, I’m getting this error message anytime I try to load it:
I poked around and found a few bits of advice, but, to be honest, a lot of it went clean over my head. I gathered that the simplest solution is to run a chkdsk/f through Windows and reboot twice which will apparently fix the problem but hopefully there’s something else I can do to fix this.
I say hopefully because the reason I switched to Linux is that my copy of Windows is stuck in a basic Windows 6000 build setting (long story, not worth going into) and I only have access to the most basic functions, which I don’t think allows access to the run/terminal programme, and I assume I’d need that.
Any help or advice is appreciated but I have to warn you I’m really not savvy in the ways of computer programming,so if you could talk me through any guidance like I’m a clueless three year old that is probably best.
I’m using KDE4, not Gnome, by the way.
Thank you in advance.
Do the following, go to a computer with MS-Windows. Boot MS-Windows without hard drive plugged in. Then physically plug in the hard drive. It should be readable under MS-Windows. Then properly unmount the drive in MS-Windows. Physically remove the drive. Then shut down MS-windows. And try again in Linux.
Worst comes to worst you may have to run a chkdsk on that hard drive in MS-Windows.
The drive left the manufacturer unclean IMHO. I’ve seen the same before.
Fortunately I work in an environment were a large % of the servers/data-processing/data-dissemination computers are unix or vms or linux based, so I don’t look like a total idiot. :\ But our office computers (for word processing, email and such) and some of the control computer are MS-Windows based, and those tend to challenge my patience and my limited capabilities (with Windoze PCs).