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[other] Random hard drives to used as a external.

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Ok it would seem from everyone i have spoken to says that this is unsolvable. but we shall see. I have several very nice 40 gb hard drives. they were originality from a car in-dash navigation unit. I got a external usb case. plugged one in and i get nothing. windows tells me when i try to initialize it was an incorrect function. and reformatting in not an option cant even get it to tell me any info about it on the command prompt. Ubuntu tells me error creating partition table: helper exited with code 1 error calling fsync(2) on dev/sdb: input/output error. smart status not uspported. Really (Hardware)