Topic: [SOLVED] Error mounting a NTFS partition, yet readable.
Hi, I need some help for this issue, I really apreciate it, although I think maybe this is not the correct forum because is not a derivated GParted problem, but I'd like someone can point me in the right way.
So my problem is using ntfs-3g after install it, for be able to write, before that I could to mount the external disk (a 2TB WD Elements) in readable mode. Now, if I uninstall the package I could mount the disk again, and all this time I have no problem plugin it in my Windows XP PC, detects it without problems.
I have look Tuxera forums, superuser, and one solution is reformat and change partitions, ok but I have not space for a backup, but another solution I more like is changing the partition table, because the error I have is:
sudo mount /media/
Failed to read last sector (3907027119): Invalid argument
HINTS: Either the volume is a RAID/LDM but it wasn't setup yet,
or it was not setup correctly (e.g. by not using mdadm --build ...),
or a wrong device is tried to be mounted,
or the partition table is corrupt (partition is smaller than NTFS),
or the NTFS boot sector is corrupt (NTFS size is not valid).
Failed to mount '/dev/sda1': Invalid argument
The device '/dev/sda1' doesn't seem to have a valid NTFS.
Maybe the wrong device is used? Or the whole disk instead of a
partition (e.g. /dev/sda, not /dev/sda1)? Or the other way around?
And my disk is very simple, one partition:
sudo fdisk -lu /dev/sda
Disk /dev/sda: 2000.4 GB, 2000396746752 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243201 cylinders, total 3907024896 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: 0x0002de0f
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 2048 3907029167 1953513560 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
Looks to me like a volume/device limits incosistency. I have read solutions for fixing extended partition size with sfdisk, and others using dd for to write the table after a bad ntfs shrink, but because my disk just comes preformated like this I don't know if these solutions are applicables to me.
Any advices? (I hope my english can be understable).