Old external hard drive

Can you reformat a external hard drive after formatted by Tablo to be used in windows?

Yes. Windows will not recognize it and may offer to let you format it. In worst case, you may need to use Drive Management to remove partitions first. If needed, just Google for info. The drive is basically formatted for Linux, so info on that should help.

Make a DVD or USB of a linux system to boot your PC [no need to install linux as most boot live without installing]

Plug the old drive in and the linux system will see the contents. You may find a few files you might want to recover and save.

I connected my old drive to my Linux PC, but I see no files. What am I doing wrong?

Check to see its is listed as a usb device the command is lsusb
Check to see if its partitions are identified the command is ls -al /dev/disk/by-id
See if its mounted the command is df -h

If its sees as a usb device and the partitions are there but it is not mounted mount it.

sudo mkdir /mnt/tablo
sudo mount /dev/sdxn /mnt/tablo

Where sdxn is the device identified in the /dev/disk/by-id device list. Like sda1 or sdb1 etc.

What is a command? How do I do a command? Where do I do a command?

You said you had the usb drive connected to your linux PC. Use the CLI (Command Line Interface).

Maybe start here:

First, before you do anything, tell us what are you planning to do with the disk ?

Think of a command as a program you want to run.
It seems you have very limited knowledge of Linux and you may end up doing more harm than good.
Linux commands can be dangerous.

Not knowing what a command is, I can only assume you have a graphical desktop.
In light of that, and with reference to what @andersonas25 said, you would need to open a Terminal window as the first step.

Tell us more of what your goal is here and we can guide you if we can.

I am wanting to recover some of the television programs from the hard drive and transfer them to the hard drive of my new Tablo quad.

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I can’t guarantee you won’t hose something up, since you have limited Linux knowledge.
First notes: Linux commands are typed in all lower case.
I will use <> to represent where you have to substitute appropriate text. i.e. you replace with /dev/sdb1 for example.

Here are the steps.

  1. Open a Terminal window.
  2. Type blkid That will show you the current disks on the computer.
  3. Plug in the disk with the files on it, then type blkid again
    You should see and addition disk. Make note of it as that will be the disk
  4. Plug in the new disk that you want to write to, then type blkid again.
    Again you should see an addition disk listed. Make note of it as that will be the disk
  5. Issue the df -h command

When you get that done, post the output of the last blkid command and the df -h command here.

Here is an attachment of what is on my screen.

It’s very hard do read as it is a bit blurry.

What kind of computer is that?
What Linux operation system is that?
How many disk drives in it?

The only thing that I see looks like a disk drive is /dev/sdb1 and it is mounted and it is mounted (made available to use) at /media/New Volume

Right under the line that starts with /dev/root.old what does the first part say?
All I can read is /dev/. Can’t make out the letters after the /
Kinda looks like stm
That should be where your operating system resides but it is only 3.9G with very little used.
I’m at a loss with that.

Another command you could try is lsblk.
Type clear, then lsblk

Do you have any way to capture just a portion of the screen?

I am using an HP pavilion with the Linux Xfce on a PNY 32 gig USB thumb drive.
There are four drives in the PC plus the Linux thumb drive and the source drive for the transfer files and the destination drive for the transfer files. So all total there should be 7 drives showing. /dev/shm is the line you were looking at.

Can you try the clear and lsblk commands and post output?

This is from one of my Raspberrt Pi systems. from thre lsblk command.

sda         8:0      0  447.1G  0 disk
└─sda1      8:1      0  447.1G  0 part /Shares
mmcblk0     179:0    0  59.5G   0 disk
├─mmcblk0p1 179:1    0  256M    0 part /boot
└─mmcblk0p2 179:2    0  59.2G   0 part /

pc drives

pc drives and source drive.

pc drives and source drive and destination drive

That looks better.
So I see a 500G drive (sda) with 4 partitions. I guess that is what you were calling 4 internal drives.
sdb is another 500G disk.
Looks like sdd (32G) is your operating system usb stick.

I assume sde and sdf are the source and destination drives, 1TB ea.
So you have 5 disks now two 500G internal, the 32G stick and two 1TB external.

I am not sure why none of them list a mountpoint.

Next step is get the 1TB drives ready to mount. You may need to put sudo in front of mkdir if you get an error.
mkdir /media/source
mkdir /media/destination
mount /dev/sde1 /media/source
mount /dev/sdf1 /media/destination

Now you should be able to do the df -h command and the disks should show up.

I am getting mount point does not exist.

Should be:
sudo mkdir /media/source
sudo mount /dev/sde1 /media/source

sudo in front of a command gives you administrator privileges.