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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