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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“Empty Partition!” in Mac after created that with Disk Utility

I just got a new hard drive yesterday, 2TB, and copied across all the files I needed, into two partitions in the new 2TB Disk, that I created in Disk Utility (command palimpsest). One was 500GB and ...
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Are these sata errors dangerous?

I'm getting these errors ramdomly, and I don't know if its normal or not. [39441.061856] ata3.00: failed to read SCR 1 (Emask=0x40) [39441.061866] ata3.01: failed to read SCR 1 (Emask=0x40) ...
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Can an external flash or hard drive be used to boost performance, similar to Windows' ReadyBoost?

I have a number of spare external hard disk drives lying about the place and I was wondering if there is any practical way of using an external hard drive or USB flash memory drive to boost ...
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External Hard Drives Not Detected

I am a novice user who upgraded to 11.10. In my previous version of Ubuntu, icons of my external drives(2) were visible and I could mount and navigate these drives. I cannot locate my external hard ...
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wubi external hard drive

Is there a real risk / issues when installing a simple WUBI on an external USB drive . I must stress that the drive is not empty - it is currently NTFS (winxp) and has documents on it .. As I ...
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GRUB2 stuck at rescue console, showing “unknown filesystem” for all partitions

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my external USB drive, where I have a 700GB NTFS partition followed by the new 6GB ext4 partition and a swap partition (all primary). The GRUB MBR is also installed to the ...
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Can I create a bootable external HD from an existing Ubuntu installation?

I know how to do a fresh installation on an external (USB) HDD and make it bootable but I'd like to avoid configuring it and installing all the apps and tweaks. Can I just make the drive bootable ...
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Icons of external devices not appearing on desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get a USB drive shortcut on desktop? In 10.04 and all, when a pen drive or as for that matter, when any external devices are connected, their icons are shown on ...
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How to partition external USB without losing data?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.4 on a 8GB thumb drive. Every time I restart I lose my settings because I don't have enough room. So I want to install it on my 160GB external USB drive (FAT32). My issue is, I ...
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partitioning suggestions

Today i am going to install a clean ubuntu 12.04 . Right now i am running windows 7 home premium 64 bit. I am going to dual boot ubuntu. Also i am using a 120 gb ssd. My question is can you help me to ...
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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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How to delete an EFI partition on an External HDD without affecting other partitions?

I've got a 2 TB external HDD. The HDD is partitioned into 3 partitions: 200 mb efi partition and two about 1 TB Fat32 partitions. Formatting the whole drive isn't an option because there is ...
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Install/running ubuntu on external HDD with a Windows laptop?

Sorry for asking, especially as I've trawled through many similar questions. Mine is of the most basic element I think as this kind of thing is really out of my ball park. Anyway I wanted to if by ...
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can't chmod on external hard disk? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change files permissions from a different hard drive? I have an USB3.0 external hard disk, partitioned to 3 NTFS partitions. When I plug the hard disk in, the 3 ...
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How to get my windows docs ; pics, mp3, and docs off an external usb hard drive (sata 3.5 enclosure)

Back when I had windows 7, I cloned my internal hard drive to an enclosed external usb hard drive. I then formatted my internal hard drive and installed ubuntu 11.10 as my only OS. How do I migrate my ...
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WD external hard drive not detected

I am a beginner in Ubuntu. And I have just installed Ubuntu 11.10 in my Dell laptop. When I plugged my WD external hard drive in, it read the first time, but since I have a unlock.exe file (password ...
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Can I install ubuntu on usb hdd without loosing data on it?

I have live-usb stick that I can boot latest live Ubuntu from. Then I have 160GB external WD hdd with few GB free of space. My notebook can't have any internal hdd so I was wondering if I can use my ...
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How to change ownership for an external HDD?

I've got an external HDD (640 GB), with file system FAT32. I want to change the ownership of it from root (default) to angstrem (my username). The system is mounted to /media/exthdd. I try to do that ...
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Windows users unable to access samba share of an external drive

It doesn't seem that many others have had this problem so I thought I'd ask here. Have a server running Ubuntu with 1 internal and 1 external drive. Have a folder shared with samba on the internal ...
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Error splicing file: Value too large for defined data type

I just bought a new external hard disk for backup. When copying some files I get this error: Error splicing file: Value too large for defined data type I have searched for this but can't find ...
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How to know the USB Device filesystem direction

NOTE - Please feel free to correct the title if it is not describing correctly what I am asking here. What I want to know is, how can I know via Nautilus or a GUI app, the filesystem direction of a ...
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Samba user can't access external drive

If my external drive is showing up in /home/user1/.private, would another user not be able to view this? See link for example -----> Example user1@UB-DT2-SERVER:~$ df -lhT Filesystem Type Size ...
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Duplicating Ubuntu from external hard drive to internal SSD?

I have been trying to install Ubuntu for the last few days and have had no success at installing to my internal SSD. After trying to format it in Mac OS X and GParted (Which always resulted in a ...
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Using PySDM To Change Permissions

So I'm trying to understand how to change permissions on an external drive. It seems like only 1 user can connect via the Samba share. I've read some things about installing PySDM, so beginners (like ...
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How do I access an external hard drive plugged into my router?

I am running Ubuntu 11.10 and I own a Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router with a USB port built into it. Naturally, the router came with instructions on how to mount and view this drive with both ...
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I have a small SSD hard drive, can I view/edit/add files in my folder system without storing them locally?

Since I have limited space on my computer I would like to store the files on the ubuntu one cloud and not locally on my SSD. But it is a hassle to edit/add/view files through my web browser on ...
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Easiest, foolproof Ubuntu USB device?

I'm a Windows and Android/Java programmer with no recent Linux experience. I want to help out some people doing Android development running Eclipse under Ubuntu. So I want to get up to speed on Ubuntu ...
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Triple boot Ubuntu, Windows and Mac problem

I run on an intel core 2 duo late 2009 imac 21.5" I have rEFIt installed which changes boot camp (efi or w.e) to show a triple os boot, mac, windows, and linux. I want to install to my WD Elements ...
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Grub fatal error during installing to external hard drive (sdb)

So I worked out a proper way to partition the external hard drive (see link below) and do the right partitions for ubuntu. However during the install not far from the end, it says the grub or boot ...
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What is happening? I/O error, dev sda, sector 545868115

Since a few days ago, my computer freezes whenever I sync my HDD with an external USB3 drive. When the keyboard gets temporarily a bit responsive I am able to switch to another terminal (Ctrl+Alt+F2) ...
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Accessing External HDD

So I have 2 external hdd's mounted. When user1 is logged in, access to those external drives are ok. When I log off user1 and log in as user2, I cant access those external drives. This is kinda ...
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Why do I get 'HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed' message when booting with external usb hard drive?

I've installed Ubuntu 11.10 on an external USB (2.0) Hard Drive (/dev/sdb1) but when Ubuntu starts I get a message that says: ata_id[279]: HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/sdb': Invalid argument ...
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Cannot read external hard disk folders created in Ubuntu

I am experiencing a problem. I tried to plug in my external hard disk on Ubuntu. I copied in to it some folders (created on Ubuntu) with files in them. Then, I plugged it on Windows and I wasn't ...
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EXT4-fs: previous I/O error to superblock detected [closed]

i have installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my usb hdd. The problem i am getting is this: ext4 (sdb6): previous i/o error to superblock detected buffer erronr on device sdb6. logical block 0 I have been told ...
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Can not access files using live usb

My hard drive has errors so ubuntu wouldn't load! I tried the live usb to take a backup of my data! I had two accounts...I can access the data of one account but for the data of other account it says: ...
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Safely Unmount External Drive on Lubuntu

I'm using Lubuntu and have an external hard drive. I would like to safely unmount the external hard drive. Clicking the eject button in the file manager unmounts the drive, but does not power it ...
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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 can't access linux made folders in external hdd

I have an external hdd with 3 partitions - 2 ntfs and 1 fat32 file systems. In linux I made folder in one of ntfs partitions, downloaded some stuff, and wanted to access through Win7; but windows ...
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Mac OS X formatted Partitions says “Permission Denied”

So I have a 500GB External Drive split into 4 Partitions (Which I did in Mac OS X 10.5.8) in Disk Utility which are as followed. Mac External Drive: 155.00GB (Mac Extended) Ubuntu External: 155.00GB ...
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How can I run a unlock.exe file to decrypt a Western Digital hard disk?

As I'm a first time user I doesn't how to use Ubuntu 11.10. Before my OS installation I backed up all the files in a Western Digital hard disk which is password protected. After I finished my ...
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How can I install Ubuntu on an external hard drive so that I can boot it on different computers?

I need to be able to use Ubuntu on different computers with my external hard drive, with varying devices. And it needs to be a full (normal..ish) install. (No bootable+overlayfs persistence for me!) ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 is on external HDD, how to boot (using grub4dos), and which initrd and vmlinuz to use?

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on external HDD. How can I boot it? I used grub4dos before, and it worked with Fedora distributions. Problem I have now is that I don't know which initrd and vmlinuz files to ...
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How to reformat a drive with NTFS?

I currently have a corrupted NTFS external drive that I want to re-format in a format that can be read by Linux and Windows - suggestions? I want to reformat my 1TB NTFS drive to a format that can be ...
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System broken, Grub doesn't load

I have two laptops with Ubuntu 10.04 installed. One of them had a problem; I was not sure if it was a hardware or software problem. Sometimes it would suddenly start working extremely slow (it needed ...
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Install Ubuntu on external drive without removing internal drive? (during installation)

All the guides I've read on installing Ubuntu to an external drive strongly recommend unplugging the internal drive before installation. Is there a way around this? I have a Macbook Pro, and I'd ...
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Mounting external hard drive in 11.10

I'm trying to mount an external Hitachi hard drive. Supposedly it's USB 3.0 and backwards compatible with 2.0. I can see it with lsusb (it's "SimpleTech"): Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux ...
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My computer set my external hard disk as read-only after I upgraded it to 11.10

I have an HP Compaq 6910p that I upgrade into 11.10 a month ago. It works nicely with only one disability so far. I can't change anything in my external hard disk. It is connected through a USB 3.0. ...
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If an external hard drive worked on 10.04 and 10.10, will it work on 11.10?

I am considering purchasing a Western Digital Elements 2 TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 2.0, Black) from Amazon.co.uk, and because it has over a thousand reviews, there are a reasonable amount ...
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Boot problems w/ External HDD

I'm having a problem with booting a live image off of a USB Hard Drive. I used Startup Disk Creator to make an Ubuntu 11.10 live image on a partition on my external so that I can use it on various ...
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How will Deja-Dup operates when backing up to an external USB drive?

I want to set up regular backups, and deja-dup seems like a nice tool. However, I want to put my backups on an extension USB drive that I have, not on a remote network location. Naturally, this ...