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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JMicron JM20339 USB SATA Controller Problem

I Have 3bon-s35s SATA to USB converter(or controller). It use JMicron JM20339 chipset. Windows 7 can recognize WD 4TB HDD, but Ubuntu dosen't. dmesg shows below [ 2.990457] scsi 6:0:0:0: ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 “Unable to access” HDD

I have three external hard drives, one 1TB and two 3TB drives, all formatted as exFAT. They all used to work fine; two still do. But now, when I click on one of the 3TB drives in Nautilus, I get an ...
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WD Elements External HDD stopped mounting after a few mounts on Ubuntu 14.04

I have an external WD elements HDD, 1 TB, which used to work fine on windows for over 3 years. After I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my machine, I was still able to use my external HDD and it worked fine. ...
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How to reuse ubuntu (installed on USB HDD) on another computer?

I have installed Ubuntu on the USB HDD and successfully used it on my old notebook(acer). After purchasing the new computer(asus), i can't load my Ubuntu. Following the grub load screen i got black ...
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Recover files without formatting - Seagate Wireless Plus

I have a Seagate Wireless Plus 1 TB hard disc. Last week, when I was copying videos from my DVD collection to the hard disc, the DVD drive somehow stopped working. Now I cannot access my hard disc ...
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External USB hard drive, WD Elements, not power off itself

I own a Seagate Free Agent external hard drive for last 4-5 years. After plugged in and finished with file transfers I will click menu 'Safely remove'. Then it will gracefully shut down itself, ...
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After filling HD drive with /dev/zero -> shutdown and error

My intent: i wanted to fill my external HDD (1TB) with zeros so i used: dd if=/dev/zero | pv -t -e -r -a -b -s 930000000000 | dd of=/media/usb/clearAll ; rm /media/usb/clearAll ; shutdown -P 00 ...
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Can't connect my external HDD to my PC

It's been quite a while that I am trying to connect my external HDD to my PC (this HDD is only for media content). I don't want to mount this HDD to my PC, I just want to view the content that has ...
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e2fsck taking a long time

I have a portable 2TB drive, used over USB 2, that's giving trouble and I am running e2fsck -f -y -v /dev/sdb1 to attempt to fix it. But it's been running for 12 hours and gives no ...
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Mac Mini 6,1. crashes ubuntu when mounting USB 3.0 external drive

Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Ubutnu 14.10 on a Macmini 6,1. Connnecting a Firewire 800 works fine, but connecting the same drive via USB3.0 causes a system freak-out, immediately goes to ...
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external hard drive won't let me edit files

I have a 1TB HardDrive and I went to run a .jar file, it didn't work because it wasn't labeled as "[/] Allow executing file as program" and I changed the file and it reverted the file back. So how can ...
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External HDD array prevents installing or running 14.04

I have a system which has the main purpose of running two RAID arrays, the drives for which are in an external array. The boot partition, linux system, and home directories are located on an internal ...
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SOLVED Problem installing Ubuntu 14.04 on an external HDD. Fedora/ Windows 7 dual boot PC

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 on an external hard drive. I've seen many posts about doing so and that's not my reason for posting here. On my PC I already have Korora (it's based on Fedora for ...
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Install Ubuntu to a hard drive temporarily external and after that move it to internal?

I am replacing my internal hdd in my laptop with a new one. The new hdd hasn't been used before, and lshw can detect its capacity and no other information. I think of two ways. The first way: ...
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Installing Ubuntu on a USB HDD [duplicate]

I want to install Ubuntu 14.04 on a USB Hard Drive from my USB stick. So I went through a few similar questions on the website. However, I have a few special requirements. I don't want any changes ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 - External Hard Disk not detected via USB Hub but detected when directly connected

I recently upgraded my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS through sudo apt-get upgrade. However, on restarting my Xorg crashed and my system wouldn't boot after the splashscreen. Somehow, I managed to uninstall Xserver ...
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Can detect external hard drive

I have a 14.04 laptop and it does not recognize external hard drivers. I have tried with two external hard drives, one USB and the other eSATA and when I plug them in it seems that the system does ...
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format damaged HD

I have an WD MyPassport external HD that won't even mount anymore. I have tried several things (most of which suggestions from this forum), such as using testdisk, mkfs.ext4, mkfs.ext3, mkfs.ntfs and ...
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Running Ubuntu from a external hard drive?

I currently have a chrome book that I would like to run Unbuntu with for some extra functionality. I would like to also have the option to use Chrome OS as well. I was wondering if I could load Ubuntu ...
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My external HD is not recognized at all [duplicate]

I was saving some docs in my HD when by accident my pc turned off. Of course, the data transfer was interrupted and since that moment I was unable to see the files in the HD. (I was using Windows 8.1) ...
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External hdd ubuntu format

I'm about to partition my ext. hdd, in 2 parts. The first part will be MacOSX formated. I want the second partition to read/write both Ubuntu and Windows. Will NTFS do it for me?
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Grub Bootloader installed twice while dual booting ubuntu and windows 8.1

This is an odd situation: I bought a brand new hp desktop that came with windows 8.1 installed. I used the automatic option in the Ubuntu installer labeled "install alongside windows". It all ...
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Running Ubuntu from external drive and accessing it simultaneously [duplicate]

I'm wondering to know if it is possible to running Ubuntu from external drive (or live USB drive) and write/read data into it simultaneously. Thanks.
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Files in external HDD visible in Ububtu but not in Windows 7

My external HDD: FAT32 1TB Transcend Storejet Ubuntu: 14.04 Windows: Windows 7 I connected my external HDD to copy some movies on Ubuntu and then every-time I connect on Windows my ext HDD shows no ...
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Boot from external hard drive and access internal hard drive?

Suppose Ubuntu are installed on both of my internal and external hard drives, although their versions are different. How can I boot the Ubuntu on the external hard drive connected to my laptop by ...
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I/O error after suspend when booting from external USB hard drive [duplicate]

I have a computer, it is an ultrabook (fujitsu UH572). This computer doesn't have any problem when installing ubuntu into internal SSD. But when I install the ubuntu 14.04.2 on an external USB 3 HDD ...
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Booting Ubuntu 14.10 from External HDD ('Grub Loading.' message)

I'd just like to pose a question to see if anyone can offer me some help or insight to solving my problem. Simply put, I am trying to boot Ubuntu 14.10 from an external hard drive. I successfully ...
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External Hard Drive not detected in Ubuntu

I have a 1TB laptop hard drive that was converted into an external hard drive by means of an enclosure. The problem is, when it is plugged in before booting, the BIOS of my machine detects the device, ...
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I boot Ubuntu 14.04 from external hard disk. Hard disk loses power during shutdown haphazardly

I boot Ubuntu 14.04 LTS from an external hard disk into my laptop. The drive looses power haphazardly during shutdown with a sound of power being cut off! I get errors while booting again and have to ...
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Windows folder on external hard drive invisible in Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu on my computer pretty recently, and I convinced my roommate to put it on his computer we were using as a media center for movies, etc hooked up to a TV. We had an external hard ...
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Safely remove for portable hard drive doesn't work

Safely removing my portable WD Elements USB 3.0 1TB drive doesn't actually safely remove it. I get no notification that it is in fact safe to remove even when having done nothing on the disk. It ...
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access to USB drive broken after changing uid

Since changing my uid I no longer have the permissions to see a USB hardrive/stick that is automatically mounted at /media/USERNAME. Nautilus gives the message Unable to open a folder for ...
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Loop partition blocks mounting the drive

I have 2 hard disks WD my passport 1TB and WD my book 2TB, I think a virus is causing a mount failure and I can't mount any of my drives on any operating system. On my passport I confirmed an extra ...
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Files on an HFS+ backup drive show up as empty text files

I have a external backup drive for my old Macbook, and have recently built a new computer and installed Ubuntu 14.04. There are files on this external drive that I need, from when "Time Machine" ...
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USB external HDD spins down, but just from command line. I must be missing something

I have two different external USB 3.0 hard drives connected to my Ubuntu computer and none of them auto spin down after 10 mins. Funny thing, if I run a Windows 8.1 virtual machine and attach the ...
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Why my USB 3.0 external hard drive shutdowns after five minutes?

I'm having a big headache with a Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 external hard drive (code HDTB110XK3BA). After formatted to ext4 filesystem with mkfs, the drive shutdowns itself about five minutes after ...
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Need to copy large directory structure, re-mounting and re-trying in case of I/O error

I have an external hard drive which works for several minutes at a time, and then un-mounts itself. I am trying to copy 300GB of data off of it. I'd like a program that works like Dolphin (the Kubuntu ...
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Ubuntu detects external HDD but doesn't mount it

When I connect my WD My Passport 1TB drive, it doesn't automatically mount. However, it is detected. I can see it using sudo fdisk -l, and even mount it manually using sudo mount /dev/sdb1 ...
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accessing desktop files in ubuntu

Recently, i have broken my laptop and I was using both windows 7 and ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Then, I put hdd to a hdd box and plugged in my new laptop with usb. Although I can access all files in the ...
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SMART data no longer available for my external HDD in disks utility

I no longer can check my external HDD status by using SMART data and self-tests. Using disks the option that was available before is just disabled as in the following screenshot: I guess it's ...
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minidlna and media on an external drive

Running Ubuntu 14 LTS. The server runs minidlna, to share video files with various media players on my home network. The server has shared media on the internal system drive, and also most on an ...
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When I turn on/connect my external HDD my internet connection stops

I am having a weird problem with Ubuntu 14.10 and external HDDs. Whenever I plug or turn on my external HDD, my internet connection simply stops working. It keeps connected, but with 0 download and 0 ...
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Lost Harddisk data after creating Bootable disk with it

Today, I tried creating bootable disk(on external harddisk) in ubuntu using the below dd command and it erased all my harddisk's data. dd if=<source> of=/dev/sdb1 bs=<byte size>; sync ...
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How to install Linux applications onto an external hard drive [duplicate]

The laptop that I have acquired only came with a 16GB SSD. I installed XFCE onto it and now the SSD is almost completely full. I have an external hard drive with 1TB of memory, and I was wondering if ...
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External WD elements Hard Drive not mounting

I have a Western Digital Elements 1 Tb hard drive. Recently I am not able to mount on my laptop running Ubuntu 14.04. I did a lsusb search. Its able to detect the Western digital device: sudo lsusb ...
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Help installing ubuntu 14.04 with windows 8.1

To start off I'll let you all know I have a Lenovo T430s running the preinstalled windows 8.1. What my initial plan was (and I have yet to find a way to do it), was to install Ubuntu 14.01 onto an ...
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How to configure an external HDD installation of Ubuntu to work with a different PC

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 on an external HDD that I am using with a Dell Laptop. I wanted to check, if I plug in the HDD to another PC (HP) will the set-up automatically detect and update ...
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3tb GPT external drive mounting problems [duplicate]

I'm having trouble accessing all the partitions on an external 3tb harddrive. I've had it working in Mac10.9, and windows 7. The other similar questions here do not seem to resolve my issue. I'm ...
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Persistent data on external HDD

my dad's HDD has died in his laptop but he does not want me to open it up. It has been running Lubuntu for over a year but refuses to run Windows, but it is really ugly and hard for him to use. I plan ...
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USB 3.0 hard drives don't spin down when “safely removed” from Nautilus

I have a few external drives, some using external power, other being USB powered. I plug my USB 3.0 drive in a USB 3.0 port. When I "eject" the drive (from Nautilus) it keeps on spinning. When I ...