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I have a hard drive with data on it that I have been using as external storage in Windows 7...when I plug it into my Linux machine this is what I see:

/dev/sda 
Block device, size 596.2 GiB (640135028224 bytes) 
Status: Not mounted - Unsupported file system or disk not formated 
Status: Not mounted - Unsupported file system or disk not formated 

What do I need to do w/o formatting and loss of data to be able to access this drive via Linux also?

It is an NTFS file system that is currently on the drive...and I am away from my computer so I can not verify which Linux distro I have running...

  • It seems as though you don't have the support files installed for whatever file system is on the drive. Without knowing this, nor what Linux you're running, I cannot say more. – AFH Jan 26 '15 at 21:24
  • @AFH it is NTFS file system...I am away from the PC at the moment so I can not confirm which Linux OS I am running. – user2676140 Jan 26 '15 at 21:25
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    In Ubuntu/Debian you need sudo apt-get install ntfs-3g. There will be an equivalent command in other distributions. – AFH Jan 26 '15 at 21:31
  • Without the critical details, anything that might be recommended is entirely speculation. Your formatting could also use some work, as it seems to be being eaten. – killermist Jan 26 '15 at 21:33
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Check if you have ntfs-3g package installed as well as your kernel supports fuse. With ntfs-3g, you can mount like this:

    ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt/tmp

Change the device to adequate. It's good you read the ntfs-3g man.

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