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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If I can, how do I install Ubuntu from Ubuntu?

Here's what I mean: I normally install by running a Ubuntu Live USB, clicking "try" Ubuntu, and when I'm ready, I double-click the "Install Ubuntu" icon on the desktop. Now, I have an eSATAp port ...
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Ubuntu freezes when attaching external hard drive due to hard drive mount mismatch. Is there a solution to fix it?

Ok I think I understand why my Ubuntu 10.10 freezes when pluggin in an external hard drive through USB. First of all I have to mention that my Ubuntu is installed on another 160gb external hard ...
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How can I copy files from damaged external HDD?

My external HDD is not detected in Windows Editions. But it is working well in Ubuntu. The problem is, some of the tracks are damaged, so while browsing through the HDD, the 'Nautilus' stops working. ...
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Plugging in external hard drive freezes desktop? [closed]

I have a Western Digital WD Element 500GB external HDD (NTFS formatted). When I plug it in, the system freeze but my mouse still can move (but can not be used). Sometimes it can be mounted but when I ...
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Can't mount external laptop HDD on laptop

I'm running a vanilla instance of 32bit Ubuntu 11.04 installed on the k53e laptop. The machine is up to date. I have an external laptop HDD that I'm accessing via the rocketfish RF-HD3025. The ...
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unlock Mac Time machine HDD in Ubuntu [closed]

I recently migrated from snow leopard to Ubuntu, but I forgot to make a backup of some of the info in my old mac. I have my time machine prepared HDD, but when I connect the drive to Ubuntu it tells ...
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How can I spin down external hard drive?

I want to spin down external hard drive from the terminal before unmounting. It is an sata drive connected through usb. Running hdparm gives this ry@G62x:/media$ hdparm -S10 ...
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Installing Ubuntu to and running from an external HD without Live CD

I've got a 2TB external HD just for personal use, with an 8GB primary FAT32 partition (I made it there from the beginning just in case I wanted to install Ubuntu at a later moment) Now I could ...
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External USB HDD Unreadable After Formatting

I am using a Western Digital 160GB External USB drive. It was working fine earlier but for some reasons I formatted it using the 'Disk Utility' in my Ubuntu 11.04 I chose 'Dont Partition' while ...
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Why only home directory?

I want to save my Ubuntu-One folder in my secondary HD, just like my Dropbox folder. I know that saving data in a secondary disk is "the old way", but i bring this habit from my kid days using ...
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installing natty on portable hard drive

I am planning to install Ubuntu 11.04 on a portable hard drive (no external power supply, typically 5400 rpm, USB 2.0, 250 GB). This way I wont have to install apps on every machine I work on. I will ...
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What happens if Déjà Dup tries to back up to a disconnected external disc?

I have just installed Déjà Dup on my (11.04) laptop and have scheduled automatic weekly backups to an external hard disc which is not always connected to the laptop. What will happen if a scheduled ...
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How can I recover data from a 2TB hard drive?

I have a Western Digital 2TB External Hard Drive. I basically use it to keep all my movies and videos. Its file system is NTFS, and currently I'm using 1.4TB. One night I turn it on and copied a 4GB ...
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How do I install Ubuntu on an external hard disk?

I install ubuntu on my HDD but can not use it on any computer Installing Ubuntu 11.04 or any other distribution on an external hard drive connected to a computer via USB is about the same as the ...
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“The daemon is being inhibited” error message when mounting volumes on a partitioned external HD

I'm having a great deal of difficulty with an external hard drive. I'm currently running a dual boot system (XP Service Pack 3 and Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwahl) on a Dell Inspiron B120. I'm trying to ...
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external usb hard drive is not being seen anymore

I think my problem is a little different than several other similar titled questions. Everything started while I was using 10.10. External drive was always recognized and mounted, but the timing of ...
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How do I access an external drive mounted on a machine on my own network?

I've got one desktop computer Ubuntu 11.04 with an external USB drive mounted on it on the home WRT54L Linux network (192.168.0.2), and when I arrive at home with my laptop, I want to be able to mount ...
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cant delete files on an external hd

I have an external hd, which is not really healthy (several sectors not readable). I guess thats the reason I have some corrupt files I want to delete these files and found Icant delete any file on ...
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External HDD shows up in /dev/, but inaccessible via [g]parted

I have an external 80G hard drive, connected with USB. I've used this for multiple things in the past, including running an Ubuntu OS off it (I know, bad idea). In any case, it came unplugged while I ...
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How to mark “allow executing file as program” on an external drive

If I try to set this option for a file on an external drive it just unmarks itself. Doing chmod +x has no effect. The drive is mounted with default options.
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How to only show certain partitions in external HDD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I hide a specific volume from the desktop, but keep all others? When I plug in my external hard drive with three partitions, it shows up as three drives. (I know ...
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How to keep an external hard drive spinning?

I have an external USB hard drive plugged in, and after a few minutes, when there's been no activity against it, it automatically spins down, stops, and is unmounted. Is there a way to keep it ...
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How do I transfer an installation from internal to external USB HDD

I started to use Ubuntu 10.04 on a Laptop booting from an external USB HDD, it worked pretty well after some tweaking (Had to use a separate 1GB Boot partition etc). After a while running mostly on ...
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Can't view files on partitioned external drive

I'm trying to recover data off an old internal laptop drive now residing in a USB caddy. The hard-drive is pretty knackered and started giving warnings about impending failure, so I would rather not ...
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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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Mounting a safely removed external disk

If I unmount a drive in Ubuntu how could I mount it again without physically reconnecting the drive? I'm using Ubuntu 11.04
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How to Install 10.10 to an External Hard Drive

I recently got a used external hard drive from a relative, and decided that I would like to have a fresh system around, so I can program, etc. without all of my junk around. I downloaded the 10.10 ...
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Why don't my external USB hard disks umount when I shutdown? [closed]

I have an usb external disk and I spin-down it through "hd-idle", a utility I found here: http://hd-idle.sourceforge.net. I thought that when Ubuntu shutdown, it unmount all partitions, whether these ...
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How do I check the external hard disk I purchase would support Ubuntu or other linux platforms

I planning to by a 1TB portable external hard disk. I have a budget of Rs 6000( US $136 approx. ) . How do I check the external hard disk that I purchase would support operations for multiple OS's( ...
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How to avoid “Assuming drive cache: write through” message during restart? [closed]

Does anyone know how to avoid message: Assuming drive cache: write through Showing up after preforming sudo shutdown -r now. I restarted remotely but the computer did not restart. And I could ...
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How do I format an external HDD for Ubuntu and Windows7?

I think that it is supposed to be FAT32, but, Windows7 will not open it. Is there another formatting option?
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Cannot mount external USB 3.0 Hard Disk

I have a USB 3.0 external hard disk which I am unable to mount. The entry appears in the "lsusb" command, but I do not exactly understand how to mount it. This is the output for my lsusb command. ...
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HDD does not mount when restarting

I have two external HDD attached to my PC which start normally when I turn on the PC. When I restart (after an update for example) one of the two drives does not mount, always the same drive. It has ...
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Backup in a external USB drive

What's the best way to maintaing a incremental backup on a external USB Drive (HD 500 GB)? There are any GUI tool for this? or a easy shell script to make a backup of my home folder (music, video, ...
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External hard drive gets wrong user as owner

When I attach my external hard drive, I cannot access it, because permissions are granted not to me but to another user. I'm using Ubuntu 10.10, Maverick Meerkat. Where do I report this as a bug? ...
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Created bootable .iso on external USB HDD, how to get rid of it again?

Using the guide on ubuntu.com I installed the image of the netbook edition on my external HDD using Pendrive on Windows. I was not aware that it would create such a mess and now want to get rid of it ...
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Video stutter when using external drive [closed]

When using boxee to play video files off of an external western digital 1TB drive formatted NTFS, I notice a slight stutter in the video every 5-10 seconds. When using mplayer, it doesn't stutter as ...
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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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Unable to mount 1TB USB external HDD - Error

I'm getting an error when I plug in my 1TB USB external HDD, the weird thing about this is that it was working fine before and I've been using it for about a couple of months now. yesterday I ...
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Access mounted volumes via the command line

I've plugged an external hdd into my usb port, and it shows up on the desktop and in nautilus. How can i access this mounted hdd via the command line?
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One of my 3 USB ports can automount my portable HDD, not the other 2

I need help. My portable hdd can be plugged into my new ASUS N43J laptop in WINDOWS 7 from any of the 3 USB ports. In Ubuntu, it only works with 1 port. using 10.04 64bit. Please advise. Edit: I ...
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External hard drive not recognized [closed]

Installed Ubuntu 10.10 on a hard drive by itself (no windows). All updates are up to date. Everything`works fine except when I plug in a 320 gig Toshiba external hard drive....it is not recognized. ...
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How can I automatically mount eSATA drives when plugged in?

What can I do to make Ubuntu automatically mount an external drive when it is connected to an eSATA port? Currently I must go to Home Folder ▸ Go ▸ Computer and click on the disk to mount it.
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What is the best solution to backing up your computer to an external HD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Comparison of backup tools I have an external hard drive that I would like to make backups to, what I would like is have a program that is easy to set up to accomplish ...
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How to turn off power management for external hard drive (Seagate GoFlex)?

I bought this 2tb Segate GoFlex this last Black Friday and since then every 15 minutes or so the drive spins down, and then a little while later completely dismounts. Very annoying. From what I ...
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Performance cost of running Ubuntu from external hard drive

A friend just complained to me about Ubuntu being slow. Although I've noticed a certain lack of snappiness with Linux vs Windows in the past, I really can't say I've had much to grumble about with ...
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Problem deleting broken files on external drive

i have a 500gb external drive (Maxtor One Touch) some days ago i moved some files from the destkop to it. the operation failed (on the disk there are only 4 or 5 incomplete files ) and i can't remove ...
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Possibility of recovering files from a dd zero-filled hard disk

I have "zero filled" (complete wiped) an external hard disk using dd, and from what I have heard: people said you should at least "zero fill" 3 times to be sure that the data are really wiped and no ...
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My external HD is not showing up

I have an external HD that I saved all my data on from my old windows setups. I now want to access that info on my ubuntu machine and the drive isn't mounting. I've floated around the help files and I ...
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With a typical USB hard drive enclosure, is the full range of drive power management functionality available? [closed]

In what may be an unrelated matter: is it possible to suspend a PC without unmounting an attached USB-powered drive, and then remounting it on resume? This is the behaviour I'm currently seeing ...