Issues with external HDD including USB, Firewire (IEE1394) and e-sata connections as well as issues relating to mounting, formatting and partitioning.

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14.04 - Mounted secondary HDD disagrees with fstab after resume from suspend

I have a secondary HDD on my PC reserved for media which is mounted automatically on boot. However, after suspend/resume, although it shows as mounted, I cannot acceess it or unmount so I can mount it ...
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Problem mounting External Hard Disk

I have problem mounting my 1 TB external hard disk after formatting it(accidntally).It started after I copied my lost files using TestDisk.It mounts up in Windows 8.1 but not in Ubuntu 15.04.
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External HDD is not unmounting properly

I have just bought a Seagate 1TB Expansion. When I right click on the icon in the Launcher, it says 'Unmount'. However, previously it has said 'Safely remove', where it has unmounted then removed the ...
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Unable to access my HDD in ubuntu 14.0.4

Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/gaucho/passport: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid,uid=1000,gid=1000,dmask=0077,fmask=0177" "/dev/sdb1" "/media/gaucho/passport"' exited ...
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Want to test Ubuntu Hard Drive from a Windows 7

I'm just an intern trying to do my best job here, and the company I work with asked me to do the following: Send data from a Windows 7 PC to one using Ubuntu via an ethernet cable. So I learned about ...
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Boot Ubuntu from external USB HDD on Retina MacBookPro 2015

I've installed Ubuntu 15.04/x86_64 on an external USB HDD, the disk has a GUID partition table, and the Ubuntu was installed with EFI boot manager. I can successfully boot the USB HDD on some Windows ...
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Caught in loop and need to save files using command line to external harddrive

Last night I decided to update my Ubuntu 14.04. When the update finished I decided to reboot. When I did I got stuck in a login in loop. So, I came here to the board to look for answers. I found this ...
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Is there any way to unformat an external hard drive?

I accidentally formatted my external WD Elements hard disk.Is there any software to undo it.Or any way to just recover the photos in it.
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Unable to detach (spindown) external USB HDD in 15.04; Safely Remove just remounts it back

I have external USB 3.0 HDD with several partitions on it, and I can't safely remove (spin down) it before unplugging in Ubuntu 15.04. I can run "Unmount" on each partition; but after unmounting all ...
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/media/administrator directory showing 2 folders of the same external usb drive

While I was copying a file from my external HDD to my internal my Ubuntu crashed. This caused a problem, because now i have 2 folders in my /media/administrator folder, one is named after my external ...
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bios unable to boot into ubuntu on usb drive

as mentioned on the topic, I am having issue booting into ubuntu on an usb drive. The Ubuntu was first installed on an Intel nuc, but as currently I need to boot it on another system, I removed the ...
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Folders disappear on external hard drives

Suddenly, one of the folders on my old external HDD disappeared. I used the search function, and it turns out the files that were in that folder are still on the drive. I figured the drive was ...
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Can not show external HDD during photorec

I have just formated my HP laptop (having 500 GB Hard Disk Internal) and install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS OS. while get back up for lost files, I install testdisk and run sudo photorec. All process is going ...
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Connot get PLEX to recognize external drive

i am giving PLEX a try but having some difficulty getting it to recognize the files on my external Seagate 2TB GoFlex. Disk Utility says that device is /dev/sdb1. I am running 14.04. I have tried ...
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Unable to mount external NTFS HDDs due to duplicate UUID

I'm trying to setup /etc/fstab to automatically mount two external NTFS hard drives on boot, and decided to use the UUIDs as reference instead of the device names. Strangely, blkid reports that both ...
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Stuck booting in emergency mode after trying to read bad HDD. What happened?

I tried to read a corrupted Windows hard drive on Ubuntu 15.04. I got an error saying the drive was in hibernation and that I should open it as read-only. Being a n00b, I didn't know what to do, so ...
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Is it possible to get Grub to automatically detect other OSs at boot-up?

I installed Ubuntu on an external hard drive, no problems, and put the grub boot loader on the hard drive rather than the original computer. When I try to move the hard drive to my other computer, ...
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External Hard drive Compatibility

Does anyone know if a FreeAgent Desk External Drive by Seagate 1.5 TB with USB 2.0 is compatible with Ubuntu? or even which version of Ubuntu. I know very little, I'm reading through previous answers ...
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Help Creating Rsync/Crontab script that checks if ExtHD is mounted before running

I have a toshiba 3tb ExtHD and it consistently gets unmounted if I say shutdown computer then turn it on to a live cd then reboot back into OS. Its a simple fix, all I do is unplug and re-plug the USB ...
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How can I get Ubuntu to boot from an external enclosure?

I have two ssd's for my laptop (I upgraded and saved the original to use in an external enclosure). I have been trying to load Ubuntu on USB flash drives with no luck getting it to boot after the ...
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Installing Ubuntu to external HDD [duplicate]

I am trying to install Ubuntu on an external HDD. I want to use it as a portable OS. Is it possible to install it on external HDD and be able to boot it from different computers from this HDD? Thank ...
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How to use external hard drive for server storage? [duplicate]

Ok, so I am a n00b. Keep that in mind. My Ubuntu computer is running an Apache2 server for basic web hosting and file transfer. If I wanted to use an external hard drive for it, how would I go about ...
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USB 2.0 port not working

And that goes for every of mine External HDDs, USB 3.0 ports are working fine. When I connect mouse receiver in it (2.0), it's working fine. lsusb output when connected to usb 2.0: Bus 002 Device ...
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Want ubuntu 15 on External HD

) My notebook HD is full but I have plenty of space in my Toshiba 1-tera USB external HD. I also have a home-made USB external HD from a HD I took out of a dying notebook. The job I will be doing is ...
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External Hard Drive Repeatedly Connecting

My external hard drive (Seagate 2 TB) keeps disconnecting momentarily and reconnecting. Since it causes nautilus to open each time it reconnects, leaving my computer on overnight has caused system ...
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Kubuntu cannot copy file to external drive - errno: 5

Just until recently, I've been having trouble with transferring files from my laptop hdd to my external hdd as it keeps coming up with the same error. Is this because of my external hdd format not ...
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My video files keep turning into binary files in transfer to my WD external HD

I'm trying to transfer my videos to an external hard drive and to drop box. My HD is a Western Digital 3 TB one I use as a cloud drive to stream on the go and to my smart TV. They keep changing ...
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USB hard drive automatically turning back on after I turn it off

I have a SeaGate 1.5TB external travel USB HDD that I have movies and things stored on. When I'm done with it, I press "Safely Remove Drive" in Nautilus, and it turns off, then after a second or two, ...
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How to connect to external network hard drive as a different user?

I can access my external network hard drive with Files in Ubuntu 14.04.2. It is 2 TB WD hard drive and I guess its file system is NTFS and I guess (again) that samba is used here. First time I ...
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Recover external drive after faulty clone

I was trying to restore my formatted D partition using testdisk by following the first answer in this Q&A In one of the steps I was supposed to clone my D drive to an external HDD and did so ...
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Problem with HD being ejected without aparent reason

I don't know how to describe the error properly, but I will try... Well, I have a folder with music in a external HD, and without any visible pattern, after a few minutes, Totem complains that it ...
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How do I get write access to my external hard drive?

I have recently formatted an external hard drive for use with Ubuntu 14.04 using GParted. I formatted the drive to Ext4, and everything seemed to work until I tried to copy files to the drive, at ...
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Boot Ubuntu on second pc from External HDD

I had installed ubuntu un an external harddrive that I used with my laptop to dualboot ubuntu with windows 8.1 I had installed the grub on the external drive so that whenever I unpluged the drive I ...
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How to share resources connected by USB on a wireless Network (eg HDD, Flash)

I've got two Ubuntu machines running 14.04 LTS connected over a Wireless network. I can share folders on the internal HDD on both machines with no problem but when I try to share a resource connected ...
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WD Passport external HD connected but not recognized

I have a 1TB WD Passport External HD. It was working 2 days back and is in perfect condition(its a new one). Today, my HD stopped being detected on my Ubuntu machine. The light on the HD was blinking. ...
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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex External USB Drive Not being detected, Ubuntu 14.04

CPU: AMD 64FX-57 2.8GHZ MOBO: Asus A8N-E RAM: 4xddr400PC3200 GPU: ATI MSI Radeon X1300 128MB OS: UBUNTU 14.04 Problem: Working external USB HD will not show up in UBUNTU. What happens is ...
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External USB3 HDD works in USB 2.0 port, but not in USB 3.0 port

I have a new external HDD designed for USB 3.0, but it only works in my USB 2.0 port. The computer is a laptop running Ubuntu 14.04. dmesg gives the following error when plugging into USB 3.0 port. ...
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Plex Media Manager sees external NTFS drive but doesn't see directories

I'm running Plex Media Server. All my media files are on an external NTFS drive. The external drive mounts, I can browse the files in it, Plex Media Manager can see the external USB drive, but Plex ...
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'Safely Remove' mounts the Seagate Backup plus drive again and again

I had upgraded my ubuntu to 15.04 recently and while using my Seagate external hard disk, I found there is no Unmount option but a new Safely Remove option is provided. And it is not working properly ...
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External HDD works on WIn8 but not on 14.04

I have a 1TB Dell HDD, about a year old. On attaching it to my 14.04 machine (near fresh install), the system mounts the drive, but is unable to browse it (nautilus hangs, as does the terminal if I ...
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WD Passport Not Detected On Any Computer [closed]

I have had a WD My Passport drive for a while, and today it just stopped working. I have looked around and nothing seems to solve the problem. When I plug the drive in, dmesg says this: ...
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Installing Ubuntu on external HDD

I want to install Ubuntu on an external HDD. Now, the only question that I want to get an answer to is that : Will it tamper with the original Windows installation in the HDD that is in my laptop? [ ...
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Usb not booting from BIOS:“Missing operating system” but boot from GRUB2

I have a 500GB External Hard drive which I have installed Lubuntu on. When I try to boot from it in BIOS I get the Missing Operating System error but I can boot it from grub2 without a problem. Anyone ...
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Can you set fstab to unmount then remount upon login

I have an external hard drive which only links up to my pc after it processes whats in fstab, would it be possible to make fstab unmount and then mount after I login so I dont have to go through the ...
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Do I write to /mnt or /dev?

When using an external device, do I write to the mnt point or the dev point? Every tutorial I'm on keeps telling me to write to the mount point but I've had better luck in the past writing to the dev ...
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Unable to discover USB external HDD after entering power management

I have a USB-HDD attached to my box. The USB HDD will not be discovered by my linux after entering power saving. I already turned off the power saving through the command line tool, hdparm. However, ...
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Problem booting Ubuntu on external hard drive

I have this very weird problem with my Ubuntu installation. I installed Ubuntu on an external hard drive (Seagate 2 Terabytes usb3) and everything seems normal. But when I unplug the external hard ...
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External Drive automatically remounted and not powering down after detaching with udisks

Well this question may seems similar to these link: 1. How to prevent USB Drives from auto-remounting after remove. 2. USB 3.0 hard drives don't spin down when "safely removed" from ...
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Unable to mount external drive (NTFS) on ubuntu

I tried to follow a lot of answers here to try to solve my problem, none worked, I'm am extremely new to Ubuntu so this may be a laughable question. I have this External HDD that I use without trouble ...
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External HDD Installation on Secure Boot UEFI Device

I wanted to install a standalone version of Ubunto to my external device so I could hook it up to every machine, however after installation my current system does not want to boot from the external ...