NTFS External hard disk mount problem

Hello,
I have an external HDD hard disk,
in the last week I could not able to mount I'm and use him on my system.

Here is the error:

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System:
  Kernel: 5.16.16-zen1-1-zen arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.2.0
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/@/boot/vmlinuz-linux-zen root=UUID=55658808-b83c-4d28-8135-ed014f528479
    rw [email protected] quiet quiet splash rd.udev.log_priority=3 vt.global_cursor_default=0
    resume=UUID=63d03045-7298-4cd9-ba53-1b263f17f066 loglevel=3
  Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 5.24.3 tk: Qt v: 5.15.3 info: latte-dock wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM
    Distro: Garuda Linux base: Arch Linux
Machine:
  Type: Laptop System: ASUSTeK product: ROG Strix G731GT_G731GT v: 1.0
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: ASUSTeK model: G731GT v: 1.0 serial: <superuser required> UEFI: American Megatrends
    v: G731GT.307 date: 04/28/2020
Battery:
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 40.1 Wh (100.0%) condition: 40.1/50.5 Wh (79.4%) volts: 12.5 min: 12.5
    model: ASUSTeK ASUS Battery type: Li-ion serial: N/A status: not charging
CPU:
  Info: model: Intel Core i7-9750H bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Coffee Lake family: 6
    model-id: 0x9E (158) stepping: 0xA (10) microcode: 0xEC
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 6 tpc: 2 threads: 12 smt: enabled cache: L1: 384 KiB
    desc: d-6x32 KiB; i-6x32 KiB L2: 1.5 MiB desc: 6x256 KiB L3: 12 MiB desc: 1x12 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 801 high: 816 min/max: 800/4500 scaling: driver: intel_pstate
    governor: powersave cores: 1: 800 2: 800 3: 800 4: 816 5: 800 6: 800 7: 800 8: 800 9: 800
    10: 800 11: 800 12: 800 bogomips: 62399
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Vulnerabilities:
  Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled
  Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT vulnerable
  Type: mds mitigation: Clear CPU buffers; SMT vulnerable
  Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI
  Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl
  Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2
    mitigation: Retpolines, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: conditional, RSB filling
  Type: srbds mitigation: Microcode
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
Graphics:
  Device-1: Intel CoffeeLake-H GT2 [UHD Graphics 630] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: i915 v: kernel
    ports: active: eDP-1 empty: none bus-ID: 00:02.0 chip-ID: 8086:3e9b class-ID: 0300
  Device-2: NVIDIA TU117M [GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile / Max-Q] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: nvidia
    v: 510.54 alternate: nouveau,nvidia_drm pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s lanes: 16 ports: active: none
    empty: HDMI-A-1 bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1f91 class-ID: 0300
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 1.21.1.3 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: X:
    loaded: modesetting,nvidia gpu: i915 display-ID: :0 screens: 1
  Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.00x11.22") s-diag: 582mm (22.93")
  Monitor-1: eDP-1 model: BOE Display 0x084e built: 2018 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 128
    gamma: 1.2 size: 382x215mm (15.04x8.46") diag: 438mm (17.3") ratio: 16:9 modes: 1920x1080
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics 630 (CFL GT2) v: 4.6 Mesa 21.3.7 direct render: Yes
Audio:
  Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH cAVS vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel
    alternate: snd_soc_skl,snd_sof_pci_intel_cnl bus-ID: 00:1f.3 chip-ID: 8086:a348 class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: NVIDIA vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel pcie: gen: 3 speed: 8 GT/s
    lanes: 16 bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10fa class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.16.16-zen1-1-zen running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.48 running: yes
Network:
  Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi v: kernel bus-ID: 00:14.3
    chip-ID: 8086:a370 class-ID: 0280
  IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: ASUSTeK driver: r8169
    v: kernel pcie: gen: 1 speed: 2.5 GT/s lanes: 1 port: 3000 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168
    class-ID: 0200
  IF: eno2 state: down mac: <filter>
Bluetooth:
  Device-1: Intel Bluetooth 9460/9560 Jefferson Peak (JfP) type: USB driver: btusb 
v: 0.8
    bus-ID: 1-14:5 chip-ID: 8087:0aaa class-ID: e001
  Report: bt-adapter ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: up address: <filter>
Drives:
  Local Storage: total: 2.29 TiB used: 803.62 GiB (34.3%)
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 maj-min: 259:0 vendor: Intel model: SSDPEKNW512G8 size: 476.94 GiB
    block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 type: SSD serial: <filter>
    rev: 002C temp: 29.9 C scheme: GPT
  ID-2: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Extreme Portable SSD
    size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B type: SSD serial: <filter>
    rev: 1012 scheme: MBR
  SMART Message: Unknown USB bridge. Flash drive/Unsupported enclosure?
  ID-3: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 type: USB vendor: Western Digital model: WD10SPZX-22Z10T0
    size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B type: HDD rpm: 5400 serial: <filter>
    scheme: MBR
Partition:
  ID-1: / raw-size: 444.26 GiB size: 444.26 GiB (100.00%) used: 92.57 GiB (20.8%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p4 maj-min: 259:4
  ID-2: /boot/efi raw-size: 350 MiB size: 349.3 MiB (99.80%) used: 576 KiB (0.2%) fs: vfat
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 maj-min: 259:2
  ID-3: /home raw-size: 444.26 GiB size: 444.26 GiB (100.00%) used: 92.57 GiB (20.8%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p4 maj-min: 259:4
  ID-4: /var/log raw-size: 444.26 GiB size: 444.26 GiB (100.00%) used: 92.57 GiB (20.8%)
    fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p4 maj-min: 259:4
  ID-5: /var/tmp raw-size: 444.26 GiB size: 444.26 GiB (100.00%) used: 92.57 GiB (20.8%)
    fs: btrfs dev: /dev/nvme0n1p4 maj-min: 259:4
Swap:
  Kernel: swappiness: 133 (default 60) cache-pressure: 100 (default)
  ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 32 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3
    maj-min: 259:3
  ID-2: swap-2 type: zram size: 15.48 GiB used: 5.5 MiB (0.0%) priority: 100 dev: /dev/zram0
Sensors:
  System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0 C pch: 49.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 3000
Info:
  Processes: 368 Uptime: 39m wakeups: 1 Memory: 15.48 GiB used: 4.84 GiB (31.3%) Init: systemd
  v: 250 tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 11.2.0 Packages: pacman: 1855 lib: 551
  Client: shell wrapper v: 5.1.16-release inxi: 3.3.14
Garuda (2.5.6-2):
  System install date:     2022-03-20
  Last full system update: 2022-03-25 ↻
  Is partially upgraded:   No
  Relevant software:       NetworkManager
  Windows dual boot:       Probably (Run as root to verify)
  Snapshots:               Snapper
  Failed units:            

You surely have to realise that the screenshot doesn't provide any useful information? "Could not mount this device" is vague as vague could be.

Try mounting the device manually in a terminal (using mount) and see what (if any) output is returned.

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Tnx for the replay :sweat_smile:
but I didn't think about mount the drive through terminal…

In the terminal it couldn't find the drive but in the file explorer when I press on the icon of my drive its give me an error

this is where i click:
Screenshot_2

and this is the error:
Screenshot_1

@jonathon

Hello,
Seems file system is not good/recognize
What is the filesystem on this hard-drive ? (Seems MBR partition on it)
Can you mount it on another computer ?

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Could you please provide the output of lsblk -f?

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Yes, now I am backing it up and then formatting.

And after this i will update =)

NAME FSTYPE FSVER LABEL UUID FSAVAIL FSUSE% MOUNTPOINTS
loop0 udf 1.02 ANNO.MUTATIONEM
6232a5ca0000002e
sda
└─sda1 exfat 1.0 Extreme SSD AEF6-547B 220.5G 76% /run/media/valery/Extreme
SSD
sdb
└─sdb1 ntfs3 Valery 0442E6EA42E6DF82
zram0 [SWAP]
nvme0n1
├─nvme0n1p1
│ vfat FAT32 SYSTEM 4285-8094 229.1M 10% /run/media/valery/SYSTEM
├─nvme0n1p2
│ vfat FAT32 NO_LABEL EEED-90E3 348.7M 0% /boot/efi
├─nvme0n1p3
│ swap 1 63d03045-7298-4cd9-ba53-1b263f17f066 [SWAP]
└─nvme0n1p4
btrfs 55658808-b83c-4d28-8135-ed014f528479 297G 33% /var/tmp
/var/log
/var/cache
/srv
/root
/home
/

That NTFS hdd
You can use it without formatting
install ntfs-3g and try to mount

sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt/
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Reboot after updating.

Be sure you disable fast startup in Windows.

Also test the LTS kernel.

See a fix/workaround below:

If you test the linux-lts kernel you may not need to modify fstab.

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