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I think Linux generally is a great thing,worth experience and wonder.Unfortunately,being a complete novice and not exactly a teenager,the smallest obstacle on the path to enlightenment,grows to a size of a mountain.After disastrous attempt to update my Linux Mint,my machine was no longer responsive and I moved the hard disk to a "new" desktop,which runs also Linux Mint.Any approach to open up the disk from my "old" machine was a failure.The hdd icon has a big X over it and after clicking open from right hand button menu,a message/field requiring authentication pops up.My humble question is-authenticate with what? Certainly not with my old password,which is no good any more or my new password on the new machine.The problem is probably not a problem and looks silly,alas,not for me
 


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G'day wicherek, Welcome to Linux.org

.After disastrous attempt to update my Linux Mint,my machine was no longer responsive

You better tell us about that....what did you actually do to update Linux Mint...as much detail as you can please.
 

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I not familiar with Mint, but it may be that mounting the disk requires some rootly powers, so it might be asking for the root password. Or if the original disk was encrypted, it would likely be asking for the encryption key.
 

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What steps did you take to try and update Linux Mint ?

Moving that hard disk to another pc is just shifting the problem to another place.

If we can figure out what went wrong in the first place, that may work better for you
 

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HI... is your old Hdd piggy backed to your other machine? if it is can you run inxi -D and paste back the result
 
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G'day wicherek, Welcome to Linux.org



You better tell us about that....what did you actually do to update Linux Mint...as much detail as you can please.
I do appreciate,somebody out there tries to help me and sorry for the delay,holiday season,preparing for my trip to Europe.Well,as updating goes-got Uma 20.1 as ISO,unpacked it and started "clicking".Unfortunately ,I cannot recall the sequence of messages/exact wording.One thing for sure -the screen was black.I had a similar problem with Wine installation,although not crippling the machine.One can click until the end of the world-as Linux is a huge collection of files.I'm aware it sounds a bit like" I saw something ,somewhere,maybe".A suggestion from Condobloke( thank you) that the disk is encrypted sounds not impossible,although I don't have any memory of encrypting it.Thank you Brickwizard for your suggestion ,but I'd have to move the hdd back to the old machine and I'm not sure I could reach the terminal,after starting up
 

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I have a stack of Hdd's loaded with different distros for testing, now if I piggyback one onto my desktop and switch the desktop on, it will automatically boot from the onboard drive as grub will not recognise the other distros on the second drive, so to boot the second drive I have to go into the short boot menu and manually select the second drive to boot from,
When I had my tower with 5 drives installed to enable me to select which I wanted to open, I had to update the grub on the first drive,
now there could be another problem with your new machine and the old drive, that being your old drive may be legacy boot and your newer computer set for UEFI boot
 

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To check you disk you can use the gnome-disk-utility (aka Disks) boot from the Live USB I believe Mint has this installed, if not you can temporarily install it to the Live USB
Code:
sudo apt install gnome-disk-utility
then highlight the drive see screenshot below and run SMART Data & Self Test
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