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Odyssey

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The hdd (500GB SATA) of my new Ubuntu 8.04 install is set up:

Primary partitions:
sda1 46.7 GB NTFS (Cannot for the life of me remember why I formated sda1 as NTFS.)
sda2 1.86 /swap
sda3 7.45 /
Extended:
sda4 409.88
sda5 37.25 /home
sda6 372.66 /media/disk

Under "Places" there appear two (slightly different icons, presumeably having to do with the different formatting): 50 GB Media and 400.1 GB Media. These appear to be sda1 and sda6 respectively.

When I click on the 400 GB icon, it shows only one folder: Lost + Found, size 0, with properties as: contents unreadable and 350.9GB of free disk space. One forum post says:

Quote:
lost+found is a directory that fsck uses to store any unconnected files or directories it finds after a dirty shutdown

Don't recall any traumatic shutdowns, but I found all of this as a result of trying to copy files from my windows computer into this partition and got a "no permission to write to this.." denial. And when I right click into the empty space below the "Lost + Found" the Create Folder, Create Document, and Paste options are all greyed out. Also cannot delete the Lost + Found folder.

Any ideas how to figure out what, if anything, is in Lost + Found (doubt it), how to delete it, and what to do about restoring permissions?
 
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What is the output of the command:
$ sudo fdisk -l

I want to see what it says about how your partitions are configured.

-- Tom
 

Odyssey

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Tom, thanks for yours. The output is:

/dev/sda1 * 1 6079 48829536 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 6080 6322 1951897+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3 6323 7295 7815622+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 7296 60801 429786945 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 7296 12158 39062016 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 12159 60801 390724866 83 Linux
 
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Hi Odyssey,

Well, you did not include everything that was output, but ok, let's see what you have:
Looks like /dev/sda4 is useful only for NTFS.

If you were not the root account administrator (Linux) when you tried to do the copy from Windows, then that would account for why the copy may have failed.

/dev/sda6 is not related to Windows, but to Linux, so you have to be logged into Linux and using the root (admin) account to get access to /media/disk.

I would probably reformat the 500GB disk as Linux only - i.e. no NTFS partitions.
Linux has an NTFS-3g driver that can read/write to an NTFS disk (which I assume you have in your system - i.e. not external). I have copied my files from NTFS into a Linux partition (ext3) file system same as you have with identifier 83 in your output.
Swap partition size should be roughly 1.5 times the size of RAM (memory).

-- Tom
 
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