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  1. #1
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    Default Cannot mount anything

    Hello, everybody!
    I just installed Bactrack 4 on a USB drive. Had a little problem with GRUB, which I accidentaly installed on one of the hard drives so I couldn't start my PC without the USB. Eventually fixed it with super grub disk.

    But now I have a different problem. Everything works completely fine when I boot up from the DVD I burned, but when I boot from the USB, I have completely no devices mounted. In /mnt/ I have only /usb/ which is empty. I have to 250gb SATA disks, each with 2 partitions and I naturally have the USB disk plugged in I booted from, with two partitions too. But none of them are mounted.
    I tried mounting them manually in the usual way -
    cd /mnt/
    mkdir /mnt/sda1
    mount /mnt/sda1 /dev/sda1

    I get the error that this device is not a block device.
    I tried to substitute sda1 with sda, sda1, sdb, sdb1, sdb2, sdc, sdc1, sdc2 - all with no success.
    After hours of trying to find anything similar in this and other fourms, I found nothing.
    I will apreciate any suggestions.

  2. #2
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    1. show us the result of
    Code:
    fdisk -l
    [COLOR="RoyalBlue"][SIZE="2"]Nought's had, all's spent, ... Where our desire is got without content
    [/COLOR][/SIZE]

  3. #3
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    Here it is.

    Code:
    # fdisk -l
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250058268160 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xd7fed7fe
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1        1539    12361986    7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2            1540       30401   231834015    7  HPFS/NTFS
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 250.0 GB, 250058268160 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xc5b1bd2e
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdb1              65        1371    10498446   83  Linux
    /dev/sdb2            1372       30401   233183475    7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdb3               1          64      514048+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
    
    Partition table entries are not in disk order
    
    Disk /dev/sdc: 16.1 GB, 16173236224 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1966 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000ebc72
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdc1   *           1         919     7380843+   c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    /dev/sdc2             920        1966     8410027+   5  Extended
    /dev/sdc5             920        1915     8000338+  83  Linux
    /dev/sdc6            1916        1966      409626   82  Linux swap / Solaris

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    This command is not correct: mount /mnt/sda1 /dev/sda1

    Mount syntax is the following:

    mount <device> <mount point>

    you are trying to do: mount <mount point> <device>

    You can read `man mount` for more information.

  5. #5
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    Thanks, that worked

    So I presume Backtrack 4 does not automount any disks to avoid changing them for forensic purposes, right?

  6. #6
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    mount NTFS try:
    Code:
    mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1
    [COLOR="RoyalBlue"][SIZE="2"]Nought's had, all's spent, ... Where our desire is got without content
    [/COLOR][/SIZE]

  7. #7
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    i have been having similar problems:
    http://forums.remote-exploit.org/new...backtrack.html
    iof someone could take a look that would be much appreciated
    cheers
    yoma

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