edited 02-25: I thank @Anthon for his replies. I still do not, however, understand the meaning or the how of "pinging" ("Once you update your Q, ping the commenters..."). I also do not understand the meaning of "If you don't know what he means ask him in a comment under his" (?). I do hope he and the others excuse the fact that I've not contacted them directly about this updated question.
As well, thank you @Jenny D for your (patient and clear) instructions and information. I've printed them out and will use.
@ganessh: It is a NTFS drive
@Zelda - I pulled the drive because the computer in which it was installed had a failing (well, failed) motherboard, and I needed to get to the data. I had no problems with the drive when it was still in the (alive) computer.
@Babin Ionston-I downloaded the ntfs3g pkg (and vague instructions) but am having a difficult time with the installation. I will however, keep trying, and if unsuccessful, will write down the challenges and bring the question here.
It would be enormously beneficial for new members to receive a "write this/not that" message to make it very clear what information is needed by members to respond to a question (and I don't remember receiving such when I signed up, but perhaps I did). Although I'm quite honored with the patience shown by most of the folks who have responded to my question, I think doing so would save everyone time.
All: I will try out these suggestions (and instructions) and report back. Thank you.
I have a lot of files on an external hard drive that I wish to access on my (now) Linux-based computer. The computer is now running Mint 16 (Cinnamon). The drive is a SATA drive I pulled from my Windows computer. That computer ran Windows 7. The problems I experience are:
- The drive appears on my desktop, and all of the folders on it (I believe) do display in the folder list. I can access some folders quickly (and see the contents) but not others (including the folder with the files I need--mostly Word/Excel files). These files are in a folder that was formerly in the Users folder on my Windows computer.
- My computer freezes when I click on this file (and this is the largest folder--approx 12 GB) I see a spinning disk and (I think) the word "processing"above it. Then the computer locks up: the cursor freezes, or doesn't freeze, but I can't close the window. I receive a message (I think it says "accessing") and a spinning disk, but the files do not open, and the computer freezes. I then have to reboot.
- I also tried copying the files to the computer, but was not able to do so (the freezing began).
My question: What do I need to access these files?
Also (and once again), what information should I provide you all to make answering my question(s) easier? Please note that I am new to Linux, so do not assume that I understand terms (like ping) or abbreviations that may be familiar to you.