I cannot seem to ssh into my external Hard-drive on "/media" it used to show up there, but now it doesn't.

I have erased the Disk and verified it (on MAC OSX) and it still does not show.

I have executed the command "lsusb" and got the following:

001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0424:9512 Standard Microsystems Corp.

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0424:ec00 Standard Microsystems Corp.

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bc2:3312 Seagate RSS LLC

This looks fine to me, as though it is picking it up, however, now showing the drive.

Does anyone know what could be the problem?


fdisk -l output:

Disk /dev/sda: 2000.4 GB, 2000398933504 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243201 cylinders, total 3907029167 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000
Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1  3907029166  1953514583   ee  GPT

blkid output:

/dev/mmcblk0p1: SEC_TYPE="msdos" UUID="3312-932F" TYPE="vfat" 
/dev/mmcblk0p2: UUID="b7b5ddff-ddb4-48dd-84d2-dd47bf00564a" TYPE="ext4" 
/dev/sda1: LABEL="EFI" UUID="70D6-1701" TYPE="vfat" 
/dev/sda2: UUID="ae48face-7d6e-3ce9-9f8c-77d8a605d00a" LABEL="Untitled" TYPE="hfsplus" 
  • Is output of fdisk -l full? I guess the lines of dmesg related to your HDD can help also.
    – dchirikov
    Jan 16, 2013 at 14:57
  • @dchirikov I don't believe so.. "Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 3965 MB, 3965190144 bytes 4 heads, 16 sectors/track, 121008 cylinders, total 7744512 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x00017b69" doesn't look full to me, but I might be blind
    – Phorce
    Jan 16, 2013 at 15:05
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    Is the drive mounted? Have you tried mounting it? Post the content of /etc/fstab and /proc/mounts. Jan 16, 2013 at 23:14
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    (1) “I cannot seem to ssh into my external hard-drive …”  ssh’ing into a disk does not make sense. (2) The OP has not clarified whether the disks (partitions) are mounted. (3) The OP seems to have abandoned this question, and, in fact, seems to have abandoned Stack Exchange altogether, so there is no hope of getting clarification.  Vote to close. Dec 19, 2019 at 21:19

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Since this is a RasPi, /dev/mmcblk0 is probably the system disk, and so /dev/sda is the external hard disk.

Since you erased it using a modern Mac, it got partitioned and initialized in Mac style: there is a GPT partition which defines two partitions: /dev/sda1 is an UEFI ESP boot partition, and /dev/sda2 is the rest of the disk initialized using a hfsplus filesystem.

I see the following complications:

  • Your fdisk command does not understand GPT: it apparently understands and detects only the legacy MBR partitioning scheme. So it only shows /dev/sda1 with partition type ee. This is a "protective dummy MBR" that is part of the GPT partition specification. Its purpose is to tell any tools and systems that only understand old-style MBR partitioning: "this device in use by something you don't know about, don't mess with it". This is why the blkid command sees /dev/sda2 while fdisk doesn't. There may be another partitioning command gdisk that will understand the GPT partitioning scheme. Alternatively, parted will be able to handle both partitioning schemes.

  • The filesystem type hfsplus can be used by Linux systems if the appropriate HFS filesystem tools and filesystem support kernel modules are available. They may or may not be included in your RasPi Linux distribution. Even if the tools are available, the hfsplus filesystem type includes file owner and permission information, which may complicate the use of disks that are moved from one system to another on a regular basis. This may or may not be a problem for you.

  • Since the disk now has multiple partitions, whatever auto-mount system you might have might be skipping the disk as "too complex to handle automatically, let the sysadmin do it"

If you don't plan to use the external disk as an UEFI boot media, then the /dev/sda1 partition is useless to you and you might want to remove it.

If the true size of the external hard disk is not more than 2.2 TB, and you want maximal compatibility with any computers, you might want to delete the GPT partition table. If the gdisk command is available, its o command can be used to clear out all the parts of a GPT partition table. Then you can use the fdisk command to re-partition the disk in MBR style, and create just one large partition with a filesystem type that is appropriate for your use.

If the size of the disk is more than 2.2 TB, you'll want to keep using the GPT partitioning scheme, since 2.2 TB is the maximum disk size that can be handled with MBR partitioning: any capacity beyond that will be simply wasted. You might still want to use gdisk or parted to remove the Mac-created partitions from the disk and create just one partition with a filesystem type that is appropriate for your use.

Regarding the choice of filesystem type: the external disk probably had originally a FAT32 or NTFS filesystem: FAT32 is the most universally accessible, but has an maximum file size limitation of only 4 GB, which can be annoying on modern systems. NTFS would have been a good default choice for large disks in a Windows ecosystem, and most modern Linux distributions can access NTFS filesystems fairly easily. But if this external disk is to be used by this RasPi only, you might choose a filesystem type that is native to Linux. ext4, the same filesystem type as on your system disk, is very reliable and so might be a good choice. However, Windows and Mac systems won't be able to access ext4 filesystems without extra tools or drivers.

As you apparently have a Mac, you might even choose to keep using the hfsplus filesystem on the external disk: it may require some extra steps to make it usable, but that would allow you to access it fairly easily with Mac if need arises.


You can checked the mounted file systems from df commmand. A one liner to get the mountpoint for sda can be:

df -h | grep sda1 | tr -s " " | cut -d " " -f 6

Note that, in the case of automatic mounting, /mnt, and /run are also possible paths.


I am pretty sure, you forgot to mount it.

mount /dev/sda1 /mnt

should do that for you. In case you want to mount the second partition, be sure you installed hfsprogs and run

mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
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    If you mount both on the same point it will lead into an error. Is better to mount in /mnt/name1 and /mnt/name2, don't you think? Oct 13, 2016 at 15:05

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