Ubuntu MATE 18.10 crash rendered all external USB drives undetectable


#1

Ubuntu crashed (known and uncorrected Caja bug). When I rebooted my computer all my external drives had disappeared. Neither gParted nor Disks can find the drives. When I plug in a drive I do NOT feel the drive spin up nor do I feel the initial seek. How can I get all my data on external drives back?


#2

Hi @rpearsonii, I can suggest booting a live session to make sure the drives and the interfaces are working ok and a hardware problem doesn’t exist. If it does appear to be hardware - ouch! Do other things like simple memory sticks work in these USB ports?

Fixing the installed o/s is a separate matter, if that’s the problem. My first choice would be a clean reinstall when something at a basic level corrupted like that.


#3

As I said before! I DID A “CLEAN” INSTALL. BUT THE INSTALLER PROGRAM REFUSED TO INSTALL ON A DRIVE WITH A GPT. MICROSOFT ONLY BELIEVES IN SMALL DRIVES WITH MBR PARTITION TABLE!

The “live session” assumes Windows is working. IF IT WAS WORKING I WOULD NOT NEED TO INSTALL IT!