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Hello all!

I literally just started using Linux yesterday to revive an older laptop of mine and I purchased a new Crucial BX500 1TB solid state drive for it to make it run and boot more quickly. I managed to figure out how to format it in NTFS and partition it appropriately. I can NOT, however, figure out how to mount it. I have done everything though the terminal and am trying to learn it the right way. Here is the plan...

I have a 128Gb boot M.2 drive that I want to split in half and use half of it for a Linux mint installation and half of it for a Windows 10 installation. THEN I have this new 1TB drive that I want to format in NTFS so that both OSs can share storage on it. I think it is a pretty cool idea and would give me great practice! What do you think? How can I make this happen? Where can I START in terms of learning the basics of drive manipulation in Linux.

thank you!

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What Motherboard are you using? Also can you mount it on windows? And it might be worth formatting it fat32 on windows and then try mounting it.
It is a Laptop (Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming). I am not sure WHAT random proprietary motherboard is inside of it. I guess I COULD mount it in windows but I don't think that will help me right now. There isn't even a window's installation in the machine yet. I want to be able to mount and set up the drive from inside the linux terminal. I simply can not figure this out though. I tried running sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb1 /media/tyler and it just errors out. Not sure what to do. Also, I do not want it formatted in fat32 since the file size limit is so small. NTFS is a good standard file system and it can be written and read on both Linux AND windows.
 
It is a Laptop (Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming). I am not sure WHAT random proprietary motherboard is inside of it. I guess I COULD mount it in windows but I don't think that will help me right now. There isn't even a window's installation in the machine yet. I want to be able to mount and set up the drive from inside the linux terminal. I simply can not figure this out though. I tried running sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb1 /media/tyler and it just errors out. Not sure what to do. Also, I do not want it formatted in fat32 since the file size limit is so small. NTFS is a good standard file system and it can be written and read on both Linux AND windows.
Run this command in terminal.
sudo dmidecode -t baseboard
 
Run this command in terminal.
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This is the product of the command I was told to run. I decided I would just split the new drive into halves. One storage half for windows in ntfs and another half for linux in ext4 but it STILL WON'T MOUNT and I don't know why. This is driving me insane. You can see the errors in the top part of the image actually. I am really feeling like an idiot...
 
Hi, and welcome to the forum! :)
What Linux distro and desktop environment are you using? The command above seems legit, however, are you sure /dev/sdb1 is the right partition? Check that it is. First, identify the right partition you want to mount:
Code:
lsblk
This will list all the partitions in the disk. Output should be something like this:
Code:
lsblk
NAME   MAJ:MIN RM   SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
sda      8:0    0 698,7G  0 disk
├─sda1   8:1    0   499M  0 part
├─sda2   8:2    0   100M  0 part
├─sda3   8:3    0    16M  0 part
├─sda4   8:4    0 649,2G  0 part /media/tolkem/10AA29EFAA29D250
└─sda5   8:5    0  48,8G  0 part
sdb      8:16   0 232,9G  0 disk
├─sdb1   8:17   0   100M  0 part /boot/efi
├─sdb2   8:18   0   128M  0 part
├─sdb3   8:19   0 116,3G  0 part /media/tolkem/A2E26427E26401C1
├─sdb4   8:20   0  92,7G  0 part /
├─sdb5   8:21   0     4G  0 part [SWAP]
└─sdb6   8:22   0  19,7G  0 part
sdc      8:32   0   3,7G  0 disk
├─sdc1   8:33   0   1,8G  0 part
├─sdc2   8:34   0   3,5M  0 part
└─sdc3   8:35   0   1,9G  0 part
sr0     11:0    1  1024M  0 rom
Note that /sda here is a USB disk. /sdb is where my systems are installed. /sdc is a flash drive. Partition /sdb3 has Windows 7 installed, and as you can see it is mounted in /media/tolkem/ So, once you make sure the partition you're attempting to mount is the correct, just run in a terminal:
Code:
sudo mount /dev/sdX /destination
Replace X with the partition, and /destination with some valid path, i.e. /media/tyler. Also, if your laptop is UEFI, the /dev/sdb1 is probably(as you can see in my lsblk output)the EFI partition, which is already in use.
 
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Hi, and welcome to the forum! :)
What Linux distro and desktop environment are you using? The command above seems legit, however, are you sure /dev/sdb1 is the right partition? Check that it is. First, identify the right partition you want to mount:
Code:
lsblk
This will give list all the partitions. Output should be something like this:
Code:
lsblk
NAME   MAJ:MIN RM   SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
sda      8:0    0 698,7G  0 disk 
├─sda1   8:1    0   499M  0 part 
├─sda2   8:2    0   100M  0 part 
├─sda3   8:3    0    16M  0 part 
├─sda4   8:4    0 649,2G  0 part /media/tolkem/10AA29EFAA29D250
└─sda5   8:5    0  48,8G  0 part 
sdb      8:16   0 232,9G  0 disk 
├─sdb1   8:17   0   100M  0 part /boot/efi
├─sdb2   8:18   0   128M  0 part 
├─sdb3   8:19   0 116,3G  0 part /media/tolkem/A2E26427E26401C1
├─sdb4   8:20   0  92,7G  0 part /
├─sdb5   8:21   0     4G  0 part [SWAP]
└─sdb6   8:22   0  19,7G  0 part 
sdc      8:32   0   3,7G  0 disk 
├─sdc1   8:33   0   1,8G  0 part 
├─sdc2   8:34   0   3,5M  0 part 
└─sdc3   8:35   0   1,9G  0 part 
sr0     11:0    1  1024M  0 rom
Note that /sda here is a USB disk. /sdb is where my systems are installed. /sdc is a flash drive. Partition /sdb3 has Windows 7 installed, and as you can see it is mounted in /media/tolkem/ So, once you make sure the partition you're attempting to mount is the correct, just run in a terminal:
Code:
sudo mount /dev/sdX /destination
Replace X with the partition, and /destination with some valid path, i.e. /media/tyler. Also, if your laptop is UEFI, the /dev/sdb1 is probably(as you can see in my lsblk output)the EFI partition, which is already in use.
https://linux.org/threads/new-ssd-and-new-to-linux.39620/
 
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Again, do not double post. Thanks.
 
Oh, so you're using Linux Mint, and the DE is ... Cinnamon? XFCE? Mate? I can't tell. Anyway, have you tried mounting the disk in the file manager? I use KDE Plasma and mount my disks in dolphin. I believe thunar, caja and whatever Cinnamon uses(nautilus?)have that option too, don't they? I remember from my days using XFCE that thunar was able to; just click and voilà!
 
Thank you all for your responses! I am back at my PC now and can answer some questions. I am using the latest version of Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition. I am testing all of this on a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (The MoBo info of which is linked above in a terminal screenshot). I am very sure that sdb1 was the correct partition and such. I DID eventually get it to mount. I think I was trying to mount it in media but you can't...so I tried mounting it in /mnt and it took. So I learned that much. I believe that I may have been in over my head though and am worrying about something and maybe one of you can give me some closure. The drive that I have been doing this to is a 1TB Crucial BX500 SSD 2.5 and I was told that, due to the fact that I had run a FULL FORMAT on it and done so many do-overs with the partitions and the formatting and such that I may have killed it and exceeded its read/write limit. Could this be true? If it is then I am out 100 dollars and some dignity XD.
 
Thank you all for your responses! I am back at my PC now and can answer some questions. I am using the latest version of Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition. I am testing all of this on a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (The MoBo info of which is linked above in a terminal screenshot). I am very sure that sdb1 was the correct partition and such. I DID eventually get it to mount. I think I was trying to mount it in media but you can't...so I tried mounting it in /mnt and it took. So I learned that much. I believe that I may have been in over my head though and am worrying about something and maybe one of you can give me some closure. The drive that I have been doing this to is a 1TB Crucial BX500 SSD 2.5 and I was told that, due to the fact that I had run a FULL FORMAT on it and done so many do-overs with the partitions and the formatting and such that I may have killed it and exceeded its read/write limit. Could this be true? If it is then I am out 100 dollars and some dignity XD.
Glad that you managed to solve it. Maybe, /media was already in used. Was any other disk/partition mounted there while you were trying to mount the other disk? I've seen this happening before, and learned as you just did, that in those cases mounting the disk/partition in /mnt always works. I'm not an expert by any means, but IMHO it seems unlikely that the SSD have already reached its life span, I mean, I'm still using an HDD in my laptop, and have done all kinds of stuff with it; install, reinstall OSes, resize, delete partitions, use different file systems; ext4 and btrfs ... and it's still working like a champ! And it's not new, it probably has 6-7 years of usage. So, I don't think that's the case. And in fact, according to this(assuming this is your SSD) https://www.crucial.com/ssd/bx500/ct1000bx500ssd1 It has a life span of 360 TB!

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