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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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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How to mount an external HDD?

I have Ubuntu Linux 12.04 version the latest right now.I want to mount an external HDD NTFS 1TB.I have followed many guides but still no success.The error I'm getting is this: Failed to read last ...
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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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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 ...
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Seagate External HDD not detected but power light blinks

I have problem with my Seagate Backplus External HDD 1 TB. Two years it worked fine but now it is not getting detected in Ubuntu (Windows as well). I tried using different ports and tried using other ...
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External media write protected

I have used my external HDD many times. But since yesterday or so it does not work anymore. I run a swedish version of Ubuntu 14.10. The error reads more or less like: "Wrong when copying - target is ...
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Is It Safe to Delete My External HDD's Files/Folders That Are Hidden in Windows?

Is it safe to delete the Windows files and folders without having ANY repercussions? I do plan on using the external drive on Windows based computers here and there, but will use it on my Ubuntu based ...
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Ubuntu Server doesn't boot after initial install boot on external hard drive

I have read a number of posts about similar issues but nothing so far has done anything to help me. I am also fairly inexperienced with setting up linux distributions. I am trying to instal Ubuntu ...
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Cannot remove safely usb external hard drive, it mounts again

I have an external usb hard drive, however when I try to safely remove it, the device turns off and then the device mounts itself again. I've tried to do sudo udisks --detach /dev/sdb However, the ...
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wont boot, freezes at purple screen, cant use terminal to fix at all. tried it already

installed ubuntu on a External HDD, wont boot first time installation ran after installing it to the HDD from windows and restarted. but it wont boot after that, it freezes at a purple screen. i ...
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Installation of Ubuntu in an external hard disk drive

I have an 1 TB external hard disk drive and was thinking if it was possible to install Ubuntu in it and transfer it from one PC to another. After an extended search I can't decide if it is possible ...
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error: no such device, unknown filesystem

I decided to install Ubuntu to my external hard drive (partitioned sdc into 3, using one as the swap location, one for installation and one to retain files I really needed to keep, using Hitachi as my ...
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Problem with booting Ubuntu from an external HDD

As usual, I apologize in advance if someone else asked this before althoguh I've checked the forum but couldn't find something (exactly) similar to solve this. I have 2 laptops, one with windows 7 ...
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Install Ubuntu on external harddrive

I have a Lenovo desktop with Windows 8.1 Pro installed. The computer has a 64-bit processor (Intel(R) Core (TM) i5-4460) I want to install Ubuntu on an external hard drive with two 465GB partitions. ...
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How to boot from an old 3.5'' internal hard drive connected via an USB adapter?

The Windows XP of my father's old PC was utterly broken (no wonder), so I removed his 160 GB internal SATA-drive from his PC, took it at home, connected it via a universal USB connector for all kinds ...
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Ubuntu on external drive does not boot once it is removed and plugged back in

I try to install a dual boot system on a laptop: Windows 8.1 on internal HDD Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS on external SSD connected via USB 3.0 port During installation I disconnected my internal HDD from ...
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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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Can't access my External WD Passport HDD B/C of a checksum error

Background info: I have a mid 2012 13" macbook pro running Mavericks that started to have HDD slow downs. As a precaution, I backed up my user data to a 2TB western digital "my passport" hard drive ...
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can't access my G drive hard drive

When I right click it to change permission; it says it belongs to root. And when I change to root and try to change permission: chown: changing ownership of ...
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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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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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KDE asking for password to mount external hd

Any ideas as to why kde asks for root password when mounting an external hd (using the gui)? It did not use to do that. Has something changed in the way thing used to work?
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Unable to mount 2 4TB external seagate hdd but can mount either one by itself

I'm not sure if this is a bug or what. It certainly is preventing me from getting any useful work done. I looked through previous posts but can't find anything that seems to apply so my apologies if ...
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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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Having problems with built-in backup utility

I use Backups (I believe it's just Deja Dupe) via the settings to do incremental weekly backups to an external HDD. I have it set to keep the backups "forever", but it says "old backups will be ...
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Can't open external hdd

I could not mount my external harddrive to transfer all my files `Error mounting /dev/sdc2 at /media/lucas/UUI: Command-line `mount -t "exfat" -o ...
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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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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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Installing Ubuntu 14.04 onto external HDD

I'm having problems with installing Ubuntu 14.04 onto my Verbatim 1TB external drive. I tried all kinds of tutorials, partitioning but nothing seems to work. I did put the bootloader on sdc (hard ...
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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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How to install Ubuntu on portable external Hard Drive?

OS: Windows 7. I want install Linux Ubuntu on portable external Hard Drive USB 2.0. I read a variety of methods, but I'm confused by contradictory advices and methods. Actually, installing Ubuntu on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why write to an external disk I only looked at?

I mounted an external disk, looked at its contents in the file browser, and then did "safely remove drive". Surprise: a small window pops up stating that it's writing to the disk and warning me not ...
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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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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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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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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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Ubuntu running too slow on USB stick

since quite some time i'm running ubuntu on an external hard disk, connected to the PC via USB. This works quite well. I recently got a 32GB USB stick and i installed (so no live USB) Ubuntu 11.10 on ...
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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 ...