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Can't mount iPod - disk label issues
When I plug in my iPod, it doesn't mount and doesn't even show up under "Places" with my other hard disks. I can see it in Parted, where it shows up as /dev/sdb with the wrong disk size. I tried to format it with Parted, and I got:
Unable to open /dev/sdb - unrecognised disk label.
Unable to open /dev/sdb - unrecognised disk label. Unable to open /dev/sdb - unrecognised disk label. Device /dev/sdb has a logical sector size of 4096. Not all parts of GNU Parted support this at the moment, and the working code is HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL. Unable to open /dev/sdb - unrecognised disk label. Assertion (!dev->external_mode) at ../../libparted/device.c:265 in function ped_device_close() failed. (gparted:6627): Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_widget_hide: assertion `GTK_IS_WIDGET (widget)' failed (gparted:6627): Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_widget_hide: assertion `GTK_IS_WIDGET (widget)' failed Unable to open /dev/sdb - unrecognised disk label. (gparted:6627): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_steal_qdata: assertion `G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed (gparted:6627): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: g_object_set_qdata: assertion `G_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed (gparted:6627): Gtk-CRITICAL **: gtk_object_destroy: assertion `GTK_IS_OBJECT (object)' failed Segmentation fault
How I got here: I was using the iPod just fine with Amarok, until I tried to change its name. (I once plugged it into a friend's Mac to charge it, and it opened iTunes and changed the name from ARTESIA to ANDREA SMITH.) I tried to change the name under the iPod's properties, but apparently that was the wrong approach.
Here's what my fdisk -l looks like:
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Disk identifier: 0xf9535e7e Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 1 19130 153661693+ 83 Linux /dev/sda2 19131 19457 2626627+ 5 Extended /dev/sda5 19131 19457 2626596 82 Linux swap / Solaris Note: sector size is 4096 (not 512) Disk /dev/sdb: 159.8 GB, 159840301056 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2429 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 4096 = 65802240 bytes Disk identifier: 0x00000000 Disk /dev/sdb doesn't contain a valid partition table
I also tried addingCode:
/dev/sdb /media/ARTESIA vfat users,exec,noauto,managed 0 0
Any ideas on how to get this baby mounted? I appreciate any suggestions.
Last edited by Artesia; 07-20-2008 at 11:43 PM. Reason: add info
I tried sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdb /media/ARTESIA
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb, missing codepage or helper program, or other error In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try dmesg | tail or so
[42211.675851] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through [42211.675862] sdb: [mac] sdb1 sdb2 [42211.770331] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk [42211.770397] sd 8:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0 [42754.043190] FAT: bogus number of reserved sectors [42754.043198] VFS: Can't find a valid FAT filesystem on dev sdb. [43236.118401] APIC error on CPU0: 40(40) [43235.983988] APIC error on CPU1: 40(40) [43528.021706] FAT: bogus number of reserved sectors [43528.021720] VFS: Can't find a valid FAT filesystem on dev sdb.
By the way, the iPod itself doesn't appear to be corrupted. I deleted all the music before this happened, but I'm able to navigate its menus and change settings.
I'm out of ideas
Sound like iTunes has put something back on the iPod ... didn't you wipe the drive before to get it to work with Linux?
Ed: can you reformat the iPod in iTunes?
I actually had it working fine after the iTunes connection, except for the name thing. I decided to wipe it again to upload music on which I had just cleaned up the ID3 tags. I thought it might be a good time to try to fix the iPod name, which is when I changed the Properties and caused this new dilemma. I'm sure I can get it working again with Amarok, if I can just mount it. I don't even care about the name anymore. If I have to go through life with my iPod being called Andrea Smith, I'll be perfectly happy.
I don't have iTunes anywhere anymore, but that's a good idea. My sister has a Macbook although it'll be about a week before I can see her.
The XP box couldn't format it, either. (I can't install iTunes on that thing cuz it's SP1... don't ask...)
What's dd? But I have this feeling that it involves a violent act.
No the violence comes after the dd comand does not work !
man dd ... but not sure how healthy an iPod will be after you write all zeros to it !
example wipe hard drive sda MBR ...
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1
Oh. That is actually kinda scary. Although I wonder if I could write anything to it without it being mounted and without a recognizable disk label. Still, that's not something I want to resort to ...just yet.
I talked to my sis earlier--I'll be dropping by her place on Wednesday to play with her Macbook. I am catiously optimistic.
So this morning, I had a date with my sister's Macbook. Upon connection, iTunes started up but the iPod did not mount. The Restore function didn't work.
Then I tried to format it (outside of iTunes), but that was a no-go, as well. Finally went for the Erase option, the one that writes 0's to the disk. What was that you said about dd again? haha
This was to take over 2 hours, and I had to get myself to work so I left it there. I talked to her later and she reported that after the erase, she started iTunes and iTunes updated it with the latest iPod software. The most important news was that the iPod was now mounted.
The moment of truth will come when I connect it to my linux machine, but the fact that it's now mountable anywhere gives me great hope.