Mounting a 4TB external USB drive

Linux Mint 16 doesn’t seem to want to auto-mount a 4TB external USB drive, even though it is perfectly happy to do so for a 1TB unit.

The command df -T will report the amount of disk space available on the file system and the file system type. The difference between my two disks, other than their capacity, is that the file system type for the 4TB drive is fuseblk (ntfs) while that for the the 1TB drive is vfat.

Since the drive won’t mount automatically, we can adopt a manual method using the following commands:

(1) sudo mkdir /media/mybook4
(create a “mybook4” mount point)

(2) sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb1 /media/mybook4
(note that the df command shows the 4TB drive to be /dev/sdb1)

In future, it would only be necessary for me to use the above-noted mount command; however, I find it more convenient to create bash script file (mount_mybook4.sh) to do this:

#!/bin/bash
# Mount MyBook4
sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb1 /media/mybook4

References:

Linux how to determine the file system type
http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-how-to-determine-find-out-file-system-type/

What is a fuseblk file system?
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1096841

Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint After Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - MATE Edition]
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/tips-and-tricks-linux-mint-after-installation-mint-13-maya-mate-edition.htm

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A little too much Wine?

There seems to be a problem when running Windows programs using Wine under Linux Mint 16 (Petra). I like to use HomeSite (now sadly discontinued) as my HTML editor, having used this program for a number of years. It installs and runs fine under Mint 13 (Maya), and it seems to install just fine under Mint 16, but running the program in the more recent distro is a different story.
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SSD’s – The bigger picture

After my previous post on using TRIM for an SSD, I found a much more detailed article on SSD’s written by Brian Trapp for Linux Journal. In addition to discussing the use of TRIM, Brian also touches on the reliability, longevity, and speed of SSD’s, and offers some tips for monitoring and maintaining these drives.
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Trim your SSD down to size

Solid state drives (SSD) work a little differently than regular hard disks. Obviously, they are a lot faster when reading or writing data, but file deletion is another story.
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Downloads Progress in Firefox

It seems that every time a program is updated these days some useful feature disappears. This has recently been the case for the Firefox web browser, where for some inexplicable reason, not only is the downloads progress bar not displayed any more, it isn’t even available as an option through the main program.
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Flag of convenience

The login screen for my installation of Mint 16 was displaying a US flag which struck me as a little odd since I am not an American. Now, I didn’t feel quite as strongly about this symbol of nationalism as the Catalonian who stated that seeing the Spanish flag at login – “hurts my eyes” – but it did give me cause to wonder about how to change the default flag.
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Mubuntu?

Is Ubuntu trying once again be my mate? Writing for OMG! UBUNTU!, Joey-Elijah Sneddon indicates that: “Ubuntu 14.04 will, for the first time, allow users to install the MATE desktop environment straight from the Ubuntu Software Centre.
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