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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Installing ubuntu on an external 1TB hard drive. I want 500gb for storage and 500gb for ubuntu

Like the title I want 500GB to go ubuntu and 500GB to go to external storage as in I want to put files from windows to the external hard drive as well. Is this possible? If so how should I approach it?...
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How to turn off hard drive in Ubuntu?

I am running Kubuntu from External Hard Drive. My Internal Hard Drive has Windows on it. I don't want to use it while on Ubuntu and want to turn it off to produce less heat as well consume lower ...
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Erased External Hard Drive after installing Ubuntu

I was trying to reformat my old Windows laptop and replace the OS with Ubuntu 14.04.4 using Unetbootin. I did not have a Flash pen drive at the time so I used my external hard drive to boot and ...
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Partition External HDD For Multiple Bootables

I know that there are many sources available online regarding the installation of a bootable Ubuntu on an external HDD. Many of them are difficult to translate for the computer-technical illiterate ...
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How do I perform an encrypted install on external SSD?

Ubuntu newbie here. I have Ubuntu installed on a Samsung T1 SSD. When installing I created the following partitions: / swap /home boot loader in /dev/sda It seems to work fine. However I have been ...
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External USB HD not being automounted according to fstab

I have an external USB HD and I want it to be mounted on /data/FS/WD2Tb/. I added the following line to my /etc/fstab file: UUID="a05fab8c-5c4c-42be-9898-830ec5ad45dc" /data/FS/WD2Tb/ ext4 defaults,...
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what percentage of free space should I allot on ext4 volumes

Hi I am wondering what percentage of the ext4 volume I should leave empty,or if that is necessary at all for safe storage on large volumes. I have a 1TB and a 3TB external drives both formatted in ...
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External Persistant Bootable SSD Mac OSX

I've been trying to create a bootable external SSD. I have a 2013 MacBook Air, and a 128 GB external SSD. After a lot of trial and error I finally managed to install Ubuntu 14.04 with a ext4 partition,...
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Computer won't boot without external hard drive (now won't boot at all “Boot Device Not Found”)

The hardware involved is a HP Spectre x360 laptop (running windows 10 - at least it was :[ ) and 1TB WD Passport Ultra External Hard drive. Scenario: I am attempting to create a external hard drive ...
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How do I mount a hibernated NTFS partition? [duplicate]

I have a Windows HDD attached to an external docking bay on my Ubuntu System, but the HDD brings up an error message: Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 14: Windows is hibernated, refused ...
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Installed to external drive, Grub using wrong architecture

I installed Lubuntu on a flash drive as you would an HD (not live/squashfs). But whenever I boot it I get a grub rescue prompt. It says it can't find /boot/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod which explains the ...
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777 permissions on NTFS-3G Windows mount

I'm trying to install a game from Steam on an external harddrive. I normally use this to mount my WD Elements external usb harddrive (windows share): sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /media/elements/ ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 installed to external hardrive crashed, now computer will not boot with hardrive plugged in

I've had Ubuntu 14.04 installed to an external hard-drive so I could dual boot with Windows if I had some Linux specific programs. I've been doing this for months with no problem. I was running one of ...
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What is causing (g)rsync to use such a huge buffer?

I'm on Xubuntu and new to using rsync and decided to use the GUI grsync. I'm trying to copy a reasonably large directory (3GB, with perhaps 200,000 files) from my home directory to a directory on an ...
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Scheduled backups of Ubuntu 14.04 file server

I’m new to Ubuntu. I previously ran an old laptop as a file server under Windows XP and am switching to Ubuntu 14.04. The only problem is with file backups as I haven’t found a GUI app that meets my ...
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Why when copying to an external drive the progress window is not correct

Feel free to edit the title to explain better what I am going to write here. When I copy big files to a pen drive for example, the progress window shows an estimate that most of the time does not ...
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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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Unable to safely remove usb external hard drive

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and connecting USB Flash Drives and External USB Hard Drives regular basis, I'm able to Eject my USB Flash Drive but I can't Eject or Safely Remove the External USB Hard ...
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External Hard drive not mounting

I have an external hard drive that I transferred a lot of music onto from an old Apple computer. When I plug it into ubuntu it never shows up. I tried looking through the filesystem for it but didnt ...
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Device names for internal\external HDDs when installing on external USB HDD

Really sorry to bump in with a silly question, please bear with a newbie. I want to install Ubuntu on an external USB HDD attached to a pre-UEFI BIOS PC with 3 internal HDD/SSDs. The installation ...
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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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External hard drive installation question

I see everyone is talking about partitioning and stuff for installing Ubuntu on external hard drives... If I buy an external hard drive solely for Ubuntu, do I need to do partitioning and stuff if ...
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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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Gnome Disk Utility groups two separate external drives into one graphic — how do I ungroup them?

Ubuntu 15.10 - Unity I have two identical external 256 GB SSDs. They are the same model (MX100), each in their own, identical enclosure (Inateck NS1066) /dev/sdc Ubuntu is installed here, so it ...
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Boot from an ext4 partition on an external hard drive?

I have a Samsung RF511 laptop and a new USB 3 2TB external hard drive (Samsung M3 2TB USB 3.0 Portable). The laptop runs Windows 10 so I thought I'd try taking advantage of USB 3's speed to install ...
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HDD trunk folders not visible

I have a laptop with ubuntu 14.04, and an external Hitachi 2TB HDD initially formatted with windows (so NTFS). For some reason, the laptop is not capable of reading the trunk directory of the HDD. It ...
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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 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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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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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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How can I open an unpermitted folder in external HDD?

I had an DELL Inspirion N-5030 which I used till yesterday. Today I purchased another Dell Inspirion 15 (3000 Series). The previous was installed with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and this laptop is installed ...
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My external harddisk never sleeps

Although my external HDD is running idle all the time, it never sleeps (I run it 24/7 and didn't use it for at least the last 5 days). Is there some way to handle that? It's kinda hot, as if it was ...
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How to change permissions for folders in media/teja “for external hardisks”?

I tried others ways to change the permissions for folder and files in media/teja let me explain my file structure: In media I have a folder named teja which is my user name , I never created it and ...
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Cannot copy files in Ubuntu to external drive: names with special characters

I cannot copy a lot of files to my external drive because when I try to do it I get the error "wrong file name". I have seen that these files have special characters and I would like to know how to ...
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Not detect HDD for USB

I have a problem with detecting hdd on USB 2.0. Model Seagate ST1000LM014. Hdd is connected to JM20329 SATA Bridge. Can someone help? I'm using Ubuntu 15.10 dmesg | grep sd [ 1.689401] sd 5:0:0:...
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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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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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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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logging onto an external drive from terminal

I have a seagate samsung external drive that I originally set from a windows PC. Nautilus sees it perfectly well no problem, however, I cannot seem to get onto the drive using terminal. Further I ...
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External HDD connected to router. How to use it as Ubuntu home directory?

I have a computer without USB, using Ubuntu (latest version). I have a router with a place to insert usb stick or external usb harddisk (to use it on the network). The computer is connected with this ...
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Ubuntu Will Not Read External Hard Drive

I have a Seagate External Hard Drive. When I plug it into my laptop Noting happens. If I open Gparted to see if Ubuntu is even seeing the drive there is a little "!" icon with a notice that says:
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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 can'...
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WD Passport external device not recognized

I am getting following error when I connect my external HDD. Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 13: The disk contains an unclean file system (0, 0). The file system wasn't safely closed on ...
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Ubuntu 15.04 installed on USB drive but does not boot-up

I have a 1TB external USB HDD. I have partitioned it as follows. Disk /dev/sdb: 931.5 GiB, 1000204885504 bytes, 1953525167 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical):...
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Installing BURG on Ubuntu 14.04

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my external hard drive (sdb) and it has 3 partitions (1. for files, 2. Ubuntu, 3. Swap) I have internal hard drive (sda) with Windows 7 installed on it. I want to install ...
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Install full ubuntu into external usb to work on several machines [duplicate]

How can I install full ubuntu (not the try version) onto external usb and make it work on several machines (not machine specific) ? The grub should be installed on the external hdd to.
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How do I use dd to clone an external USB drive installation to a local hard disk?

can I use the dd command to clone my ubuntu installation from my external disk to my local hard drive. will it even boot? I think I can, but not sure. do I need to make the output partition on my ...
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hddtemp and smartctl with usb to sata external hdd

I can use hddtemp to read temperture various usb hdd's using hddtemp sata:/dev/sdX and as well smartctl (GsmartControl as well) does work when I use "-d sat" option. Can I somehow make this a default ...
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How do I dual boot Ubuntu and Kali on one external hard drive?

More specifically, how do I get it to work? I have install Ubuntu on my external hard drive, and it works flawlessly, with Grub2 appearing and I have the option between Ubuntu and Kali, however kali ...