Can't access external hard drives or thumb drives

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Published on 2010-12-20T05:10:38Z Indexed on 2010/12/29 22:58 UTC
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I am not a complete linux noob but I don't know a lot either and would greatly appreciate some help with this.

I just installed Ubuntu 10.10 onto my laptop. Everything is working great however USB devices such as thumb drives and external hard drives wont show up. I have been looking around a bit and when I run sudo fdisk -l it displays this:

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00065684

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1       29255   234983424   83  Linux
/dev/sda2           29255       30402     9212929    5  Extended
/dev/sda5           29255       30402     9212928   82  Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 16.0 GB, 16026435072 bytes
64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 15283 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000df90d

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *           1       15283    15649776    7  HPFS/NTFS

It does seem to display my 16 gig thumb drive but other then seeing it here I cant access it to read and write files to it. It does the same with my external hard drive. I know those devices work as I have tried them on my other computer and they are working fine.

Also this is what is in fstab if this will help anybody help me:

proc            /proc           proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0

/dev/sdb1       /               ext4    errors=remount-ro   0       1

/dev/sdb5       none            swap    sw                  0       0

Thank you very much for the help everyone.

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