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I have an external usb harddrive that I was able to retrieve data off of the first time I used it. It has Win Vista installed on it. After disconnecting ...
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    External Windows harddrive will not mount


    I have an external usb harddrive that I was able to retrieve data off of the first time I used it. It has Win Vista installed on it. After disconnecting it, I was never able to access it again. I get error:

    Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 13: ntfs_mst_post_read_fixup_warn: magic: 0x002e006c size: 1024 usa_ofs: 115 usa_count: 120: Invalid argument
    Record 6 has no FILE magic (0x2e006c)
    Failed to open inode FILE_Bitmap: Input/output error
    Failed to mount '/dev/sdb3': Input/output error
    NTFS is either inconsistent, or there is a hardware fault, or it's a
    SoftRAID/FakeRAID hardware. In the first case run chkdsk /f on Windows
    then reboot into Windows twice. The usage of the /f parameter is very
    important! If the device is a SoftRAID/FakeRAID then first activate
    it and mount a different device under the /dev/mapper/ directory, (e.g.
    /dev/mapper/nvidia_eahaabcc1). Please see the 'dmraid' documentation
    for more details.
    I used the following thread for help without any luck: .../forum/mint-linux/183833-will-not-mount-ext-hard-drive-2 .html <--- New users can't post URLs


    This is the output from sudo fdisk -l:


    Disk /dev/sda: 1500.3 GB, 1500301910016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 182401 cylinders, total 2930277168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000918f7

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 2922446847 1461222400 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 2922448894 2930276351 3913729 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 2922448896 2930276351 3913728 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Disk /dev/sdb: 250.1 GB, 250059348992 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397166 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xd0000000

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 63 208844 104391 de Dell Utility
    /dev/sdb2 208896 21180415 10485760 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sdb3 * 21180416 483151863 230985724 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sdb4 483151872 488394751 2621440 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sdb5 483153920 488394751 2620416 dd Unknown



    Also, on a side note what are the pros/cons to reformatting ext drive and booting to Win7 off of that rather than dual booting? From my understanding Grub gets messed up after installing Win7...
    Thanks in advance for the help!

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    Do you have a windows vista operating system installed on your external drive? or is it just data on a windows partition? If it is the vista operating system, what happens when you try to boot it? How do you boot it? Do you boot it from the Grub bootloader installed on sda? or do you select the windows drive in the BIOS? Exactly how are you trying to access vista when you get the error above?

    As to your second question, you would need to install the windows 7 bootloader to the master boot record of the second (external) drive to be able to boot it and not interfere with the Grub bootloader on the internal drive. I don't have any idea how one would do or if you would get that option as I'm not familiar with windows 7 .

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    Vista is installed. It is a laptop drive from a dead laptop. I cannot boot to it; it doesn't show up as an option (only internal drive and cd-rom). The above error pops up after the computer reboots.

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    You might google trying to boot windows 7 from an external drive. I don't know if it needs windows boot files on the primary drive or not, I don't really use windows.

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