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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How to run full ubuntu installation from external hard drive?

Please bare with me: So I'd like to re-purpose my previous laptop as a desktop (seeing as it has decent specs), the problem is is that the hard drive is shot (failing) so installing Ubuntu on to that ...
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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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Copy file to External Hard Disk

My UBUNTU (desktop part) does not boot completely because of low disk space; I logged in to terminal using my username and password, try to copy some file from /home/UserName/Desktop to my external ...
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HDD mounts then immediately unmounts

My wife had received a virus on her iMac some time ago. When updating to the new OSX, the update had a critical failure. Several attempts to recover the drive through the Mac failed. I decided to take ...
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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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External drive not detected

I just installed ubuntu 13.10. When i plug in my external hard drive to access my files, it is not detected. I have no such problem when i was using windows 7. is there any solution to this kind of ...
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Install Ubuntu on external disk ,Mac OS

The Problem I met is how to install ubuntu in a very tricky enviornment: My computer is a Macbook Pro (bought in 2013). My OS now is Mac OS and a windows 7 in bootcamp. Since my Mac Pro only have 256 ...
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Disable auto-opening nautilus window after auto-mount

Every time I plug a USB stick in, nautilus opens a new window with the contents of the drive. I would like to disable this auto-opening of the nautilus window, but I would like the actual auto-mount ...
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Is it still possible to install Ubuntu to an external harddrive with UEFI?

It looks like installing Ubuntu to an external harddrive isn't possible with UEFI, where as with MBR there wasn't a big difference between external and internal. Is that true or is it still possible? ...
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Plex Media Server: Won't find media External Hard Drive

I am attempting to turn an older PC into a home media server with Ubuntu 12.04 using Plex Media Server. I have a newer WD 2 TB external USB HD with all of my media on it. I can not for the life of ...
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External Hard Drive Not Detected on 14.04

My external hard drive, which was working perfectly fine a couple days ago, is not being detected. There's no reason to suspect that it's broken as I have not really touched it. The HDD is connected ...
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Cannot delete a folder

I have Segate backup + 1TB external HDD recently since 1 month i am unable to copy the files effectively sometimes the copying is 10 kb/s like that. and sometimes iam getting error like Input/output ...
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How do you install and run apps from a flash drive/ sd card

i have ubuntu on my chromebook, thus to save space, i would like to run apps from external storage. how do i do that.
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How do I make grsync exactly mirror my hard drive over multiple backups?

I use grsync to backup my laptop's HDD to an external HDD on about a monthly schedule. The problem is that every time I move a folder to inside another folder on my laptop's HDD, grsync will not ...
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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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Can and should UDF be used as a hard drive format?

Several time recently I've seen UDF suggested as the solution to a cross platform format for a drive used on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows XP and above. I've searched here and not found the same ...
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Ubuntu 14.10 doesn't read my hard drive

I am a new Ubuntu user. I'm using Ubuntu 14.10, and I cannot read an external hard drive. A flash drive yes, but not the external hard drive. What should I do?
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How to (using GUI) empty a flash drive's trash without emptying the computer's?

When you delete files from a flash drive or external hard drive, files go to a trash bin located physically in the drive. But in the GUI, both the external drive's trash and the computer's trash are ...
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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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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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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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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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Why is my external USB hard drive sometimes completely inaccessible?

I have an external USB hard drive, consisting of an 1 TB SATA drive in a Rosewill RX35-AT-SU SLV Aluminum 3.5" Silver USB 2.0 External Enclosure, plugged into my SONY VAIO VGN-NS310F laptop. It is ...
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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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Install Ubuntu onto an external HDD then install that HDD in a computer?

I have a laptop that I set a BIOS password on and have since forgotten. I decided that I want to install Ubuntu onto the computer as the main and only OS but can't boot from a CD or USB drive and I've ...
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Why does it take 5-10 minutes to mount an external HDD?

I Have an external HDD drive (USB 3.0, 750Gb) almost full. When I connect it to a USB Port in my laptop (USB 3.0 or USB 2.0), it takes forever mounting it (like 5 to 10 minutes) but finally does it. ...
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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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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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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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How do I decrypt BitLocker-encrypted external hard drive on Ubuntu 14.04?

I have a 1TB Transcend external Hard drive, which is already encrypted with BitLocker (Windows feature for encrypting drives), I removed my Windows OS and now using Ubuntu 14.04 but unfortunately ...
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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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Something went wrong with my external HD (Ubuntu can't mount it)

Here is my output from the fdisk command: sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = ...
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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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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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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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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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Backup Drive Issue: Seagate backup plus 1TB in not getting detected

I just bought a new Seagate backup plus, 1 TB external backup drive, USB 3.0, it is working good with my windows, but when I login into my Ubuntu 12.04 it does not get detected by any way. Before ...
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Won't detect Seagate 2 TB USB 3.0 external drive

So first I googled this question and I came up with this Ubuntu Forums thread. I did the things that the thread said to do like typing: lsusb sudo fdisk -l Then I unplugged my device and plugged ...
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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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Previously working external hard drive suddenly not detected - Ubuntu 12.04

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on a Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 and have been using the default Backup application with an external SATAIII hard drive. However, when I connected it via USB today, it didn't show up ...
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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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Installing Ubuntu 13.04 on external HDD safer than dual boot with windows 8 on samsung NP780z5e

With all the Samsung/Linux boot scares, Would it be safer to just install to an external HDD?. I have a Samsung Chronos Series 7 touchsreen NP780Z5e.
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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 ...