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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Removable HDD defined in fstab causing problems at startup when not present

Recently I made some edits in my fstab file after some change in my partitions. (check Partitions mounted with fstab, not opening from Nautilus nor Unity sidebars ) In the process I wanted to include ...
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How to save a copy of the system on external HDD with Systemback? Permissions to copy issue

it's a while that I'm looking for an user-friendly application that allows me to save an exact copy of my hard disk as backup, and gladly I think I've found it in Systemback. With the default ...
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Problem in accessing hard drives by programs

Until today I used Ubuntu 12.04, but after many suggestions to update to 14.04, I finally did so. However, I am no longer able to use artemis (a DNA sequence analysis program) when it needs to open ...
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Why won't my external hard drive work?

A buddy of mine recommended Linux Mint 14 for me, and I've been using it ever since. Yesterday afternoon I was on with my external hard drive, and the hard drive slipped right off the table. I yanked ...
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Buffer I/O errors

I notice that when I unmount my external HDD I sometimes getting messages in my logs which saying: Buffer I/O error on device sdX, logical block XX Where the X stands for the device for example: ...
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external hard drive permission error

I have an HP notebook with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and a Toshiba 1TB external hard drive. My laptop powered off unintentionally, and when I turned it back on I was no longer the "owner" of my external hard ...
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Format external hard drive to ext4 in command line [duplicate]

How do you format an external hard drive to ext4 via the command line in ubuntu?
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External hard drive is not recognized?

Every time connect the external hard drive? Hit not recognize the hard drive . how to retrieve the file from Ubuntu 14.10? it recognize the flash drive it not recognize the external Hard drive.
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Problem with files in External Hard Disk

While making my USB bootable for the installation of UBUNTU using Disk Startup Tool in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the process was cancelled and disconnected my external hard disk from the laptop(The source ...
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Mounting external hard disk for all users at start up in ubuntu 14.04

Hi I am new to Ubuntu and recently installed 14.04 LTS. I am having issues with mounting external hard drives for all users at start up. For example, after start up if I login as a user A, only user A ...
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Shotwell : how to browse external library without external drive plugged-in

My laptop hard drive is running out of space so I decided to put my entire photo library (33000+ pictures, 160 Gb) on a dedicated external hard drive. The process went smoothly ... until I found out ...
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Debugging an external HDD

I'm using an external HDD which is my old laptop's HD with 2.5 SATA enclosure. I tried to delete a partition in Windows and stopped it unknowingly. When I reinsert it, my OS including Ubuntu freezes ...
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Sporadic problem making a directory in ntfs external drive

I have an NTFS formatted external drive that I use to back up my home directory and another directory called /virt which I use to store the files for a virtual box. Using rsync, I regularely back up ...
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Safe data from external hdd

my issue might sound familiar, but it is slightly different to all the other issues coping with this misbehaviour. i have an external usb 3.0 drive and want to attach it to my linux machine. the hdd ...
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My external hard drive keeps unmounting and remounting itself

I have a Seagate 500 GB desktop external drive. When I plug the drive in through USB 2.0, it immediately auto-mounts and functions for about 1 minute before unmounting itself. After a few more minutes ...
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Can't write to external hard drive

I can't write to my external hard drive. It was formatted using bootcamp on a mac. Now I'm trying to paste files into the hard drive and I'm using Ubuntu. I can't paste anything on the hard drive. The ...
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external drive filesystem issue

I have a seagate external drive (1TB) which i used on windows 7 operated laptop. suddenly, as expected.. windows alerts that the drive need to be formatted. Ubuntu, 14 lts - however - gave me (so ...
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file transfer from external HDD to computer

When I try to send a file from an external HDD to a volume on my laptop, I get the message "error creating directory". How do I transfer files from my external HDD to a volume on my laptop ?
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Mac cannot use external hard drive after Ubuntu installation?

Please help. I wanted to install Ubuntu so I follow this guide: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx I used my external hard drive to do this but then after I finished ...
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Can't change permissions on external drive, even though I am the owner. Can't write to it on other computers [duplicate]

I have an external drive that has only my user with read-write (all other groups as read-only). So when I mount it on another computer, I can't write to it. Yet, even though I am the owner, I can't ...
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Missing operating system Ubuntu 14.04 on external hdd

I have some problem. I have used ubuntu 14.04 x64 on external drive about a month on my laptop (acer). After changing of laptop(asus), ubuntu can't boot then it telling me "Missing operating ...
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Mirroring files over a flaky USB connection

Due to a hardware failure I currently have to use an 8 year old notebook. The hard drive of the device in repair is in a external-hdd USB enclosure, but the USB ports of the old notebook don't allow a ...
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How to dual boot ubuntu from an external hdd, with the ability to boot to windows without the exernal plugged in

I want to install the new version of Ubuntu on an external hard drive. My only problem is that if I try to turn my computer on without the hard drive plugged in, it wont boot at all. (I am assuming ...
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Safely Remove on External portable drive “Keeps remounting drive”

i have a problem trying to safely remove an external portable drive in Ubuntu 14.04 because when i tried to safely remove the drive it closes for a while but then just keeps coming back(mounts itself ...
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Not able to Mount External HDD on Linux

I have been using Windows 7 since long and after my laptop's motherboard has gone faulty I decided to purchase a laptop. As I had enough personal data in my HDD I converted my Laptop's internal HDD ...
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Where should I install grub2 on external hard disk when System(Ubuntu) partition is NOT on the FIRST partition of external hard-drive?

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my external USB hard disk (/dev/sdc). The partitioning of the device is something like this: /dev/sdc /dev/sdc1 -- 1 GB (FAT32, Empty) /dev/sdc2 -- 100 GB ...
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External drive starts out read/write then after a couple of minutes it turns read only

I have an external drive that starts out read/write and I can make directories and files, but after a few minutes the drive turns to read-only. I'm running ubuntu 14.04 64 bit. Only one user is on ...
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Should I install the bootloader on the internal hard drive?

I've got a mac and I want to install Ubuntu on an external hard drive. Whenever I try to install Ubuntu on the hard drive I get an error when the program tries to install the bootloader on the ...
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Where should I install the bootloader when I'm installing on external hard drive?

I'm on a mac on dual boot, I've got my hard drive partitioned so that it can run OS X and Windows. Now I've got an external hard drive that I want to install Ubuntu 14.04 on it and use it on my mac. ...
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Unable to mount my Windows partition drives in external Hard disk [duplicate]

I had an old laptop hard disk which was containing 5 drives created in Windows 7. When that laptop was got complaint I picked the hard disk and started using it as external hard disk. Now when I try ...
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External HDD not mounted error for backup with LuckyBackup

I've come across LuckyBackup to make regular backups on a external drive. I've tried in Ubuntu 12.04 and has run fine saving files to the external hdd. But when I try ty the same in 14.04 it gives ...
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How to recover Audio files from a External HDD?

I use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for everyday use, from coding to watching movie. I have a Dell's 1TB External Hard Drive. Where I organize all my files. In this Hard Drive there is a Directory 'Audio Music' ...
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Seagate Ext Drive 2TB now shows empty, all data is now listed ubder Seagate Ext Drive (1)

Seagate Ext Drive 2TB now shows empty, all data is now listed ubder Seagate Ext Drive (1). I can live with this but would like to get back to normal, ie all data contained in one drive, the original ...
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auto-mount not working on HDD

According to Disks my external HDD is set to automatic mount, but when I boot it isn't mounted. I need to pull out the USB cable and put it back in for it to start working. Is there a way for the HDD ...
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GRUB fails to load Windows in “dual-boot” with ubuntu

I've just installed Ubuntu from live DVD in my external HD to try it before using it in dual boot with windows 8. I deleted my Windows backup to make room for it so, even if I have the rescue disk I ...
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how to boot ubuntu from external hard drive

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 . Using GParted I have copied the Ubuntu partition to an external HDD connected via USB . The partition with Ubuntu on the external HDD has its flag set by GParted to ...
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external hdd slows down

I had 14.04 installed on my Lenovo B590; I've regularly used for a storage a couple of years old USB2 1TB WD via USB2/USB3 sockets. Everything worked just perfectly for a while; every time system saw ...
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How to automount 2TB external to specific location?

I have a 2TB external that I want to automount to one location (so that it can be used as a media server). http://linuxconfig.org/automatically-mount-usb-external-drive-with-autofs Explains it quite ...
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External hard drive error

DBus error org.gtk.Private.RemoteVolumeMonitor.Failed: An operation is already pending In English? All I am doing is trying to browse an external HDD (Western Digital)
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Cant read my WD 4 TB My Book on Boot

I installed ubuntu on my 4tb WD My Book. For some reason when my system boots i get an error saying error: no such device: 96... Entering grub rescue mode
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How to change permission of a drive in an external hard disk?

I had an old laptop. When it got complaint I removed its hard drive and started using it as external hard disk. It has an 80 GB of memory allocation for the windows C drive partition. But now i don't ...
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Problem in Safely Removing external Hard Disk Drive

I have 1TB Western Digital External HDD. Whenever I safely remove my HDD, it gets mounted again on its own. Is there another way to safely remove it properly?
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Western Digital External Hard Drive Crash: How to recover data using Ubuntu

My Western Digital 2.0 TB External Hard Drive stopped working all of a sudden. I see the light flashing but the hard drive is not being detected. So, I created a bootable Ubuntu USB drive and I tried ...
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Error using “cp” to copy files to an external disk

I have a 2TB external HDD formatted with exFat that I use to share very large files (>10GB) among Ubuntu, Windows 7 and MacOS. I am trying to copy the whole content of a directory using sudo cp -r . ...
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Windows wont boot when external HDD not connected, how can I fix this?

My current system is Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center. I wanted to try Ubuntu 14.04, and therefore I installed Ubuntu on an External HDD. (I followed some steps that I found on the internet) After ...
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How can I install applications (with apt-get) to an external disk?

I'm on a chromebook running Ubuntu inside a chroot via crouton. Thus, I have limited space. However, I have an external 32GB (extremely) high-speed SD Card. I'd like to install some of my larger ...
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Is it possible to install Ubuntu on external disks from an active workstation?

I am running Ubuntu on my workstation and have connected three blank drives to it. I would like to install three copies of Ubuntu onto the blank drives while continuing to work in my operating system. ...
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Mounting WD external hard drive mybook

UPDATE: When I put in dmesg after plugging the external hd in, the output is the following (last lines): [15233.307914] cfg80211: (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp) ...
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External Hard Drive Won't Mount on Ubuntu; Previous Solutions Did Not Work

My 4 TB Seagate BUP Fast HDD won't mount on my laptop, but it works fine on my Grandma's Ubuntu computer and my friend's PC. It is recognized in Disks, but won't mount, even when I tried the solutions ...
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USB to SATA cable adapter not recognizing hard drive

I have a hard drive with Linux Mint installed that I recently rescued from a dying computer and have been using a USB to SATA adapter that comes with an external power adapter to try to get some data ...