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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Installed Ubuntu (14.04) on external HDD and lost data

I've installed Ubuntu on external HDD without formating and lost 800GB from it. I've installed it from flash drive from Ubuntu to try. When I plug it into turned on win PC, nothing shows, and when I ...
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Quick question about Ubuntu on External HDD

I'm new to Ubuntu and after some Google search, I manage to install Ubuntu on my external drive (4 partitions) with the following setup: sdb1: Ubuntu and Grub (60gb) sdb2: swap (7GB) sdb3&4: file ...
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Ubuntu on external harddrive multiple computers

I don't dual-boot. I've been using Ubuntu on my external hard drive for over a year with out any problems. I normally plug the drive into my laptop, Asus ux31a. I noticed a consistent issue that ...
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Lost OS after backup of data files to external disk

Dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on a Fujitsu laptop I was attempting to back up my Ubuntu data files only to a WD portable HDD. My previous backup files had disappeared from a straight copy and paste ...
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External hard drive [closed]

I have an internal hard drive that was a dual boot of Windows and Ubuntu 12.04 and I would like to use it as an external hard drive, but if I mount it using ubuntu machine I can see different folders ...
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External hard disc problems - not showing in ubuntu

I have a HDD fitted in an enclosure which provides power to it . The HDD is plugged into a USB socket. If I press ESC during boot the HDD shows in the list (the HDD is blank and has not been ...
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“Safely remove” doesn't seem to spin down the external hard drive

I have a USB HDD attached to the computer, and I've noticed that, when using "Safely remove" from the launcher, the drive continues producing noise and its LED is on continually. However, if I first ...
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Files not correctly copying

When trying to copy files from ubuntu to a partition on the hard drive or external hard drives the copy dialog finishes almost instantly. When the files are looked at via windows the files are empty. ...
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External-hdd installation through live-usb

Install 14.04 through live usb to external-hdd on ASUS 105E-DS02, currently running 12.04 with broken wifi. The 8GB live usb and 3 dvds from PRIZX will provide the software. Have read through many ...
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USB dock for 4TB Seagate HDD only works with less then 2.2TB of data

I have one of those Seagate 4TB HD and everything went fine using GPT, I could use it normally without any problem. I used gparted to format and create the partition table as ext4. Everything changed ...
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External hard drive + Google drive (Ubuntu 14.04)

I've just installed Ubuntu 14.04. Besides of default hard drive, I got also external hard drive on which I would like to install Google Drive. How can I do it? I've read Is there a Google Drive ...
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Mounting a USB external drive question

I have a Thermaltake hard drive dock that I use to access data on my many hard drives. I have one internal drive that I keep mounted all the time for music, etc but I like to pop drives in and out ...
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ext4 File System got damaged due to improper write

This is what happened, I inserted my (important) external HDD into a RedHat 6 machine, did my task's, unmounted the drive via Nautilus, and physically detached the drive from the machine (and now I ...
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After mounting an exFAT drive under linux I am now unable to mount in on my Mac

I used sudo apt-get install exfat-utils exfat-fuse to be able to mount an exFAT drive under linux. This worked perfectly. However, the partition is now not visible on my Mac anymore! Did the ...
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New Ubuntu Convert can't access external hard drive files / folders from iMac

I overwrote my iMac Mavericks OS with Ubuntu 14.04. Since then, I am having difficulties easily moving files and folders from the external hard drive (used with Mavericks). I am HOPING to be able to ...
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How to make a portable Kubuntu on external drive (GPT) on UEFI computer?

The problem: after installation Kubuntu on external SSD (Transcend ESD400 512Gb) on UEFI computer I can't use it on another one. I made some attempts but all of them were unsuccessful. My computer: ...
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USB to IDE/SATA adapter: see partitions under WinXP but not under ubuntu

I want to learn CAINE. So I took an old IDE HDD, connected external power and a Logitech USB to SATA/PATA adapter, and booted to ubuntu-based live-dvd CAINE. No usb storage was found. To test the ...
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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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External HDD not recognized

I just installed 14.04 on a new computer, and attached my old SATA 500GB HDD via USB external enclosure, but it isn't recognized. I can't seem to find it anywhere. Even GParted doesn't see the ...
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How can I keep two external drives synced up?

I have two external drives--one is NTFS and one is ext4. Right now I am waiting for the contents of the slightly older NTFS drive to copy over to the ext4 drive. I'll use these drives at different ...
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Mac External drive ejects itself

I have been given an external drive that was formatted for mac to copy some files onto. When I have freshly booted, it auto mounts and I can see the files, but when I try to copy files on or off the ...
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Installing Ubuntu from an external hard drive

So I've been trying to install Ubuntu for a while now with no success. I don't have a thumb drive, and my computer doesn't have a CD drive, but I have an external hard drive. I already went through ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 problem with usb 3.0 [duplicate]

I've some problem with my usb 3.0 and an external HD. Both works fine because if I plug my external HD to the usb 2.0 all works ok, and If I plug a memory stick to the usb 3.0 all works ok. USB ...
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External drive user permissions

I have an external drive I've set up to mount at /media/'name of directory' The permissions on the drive show the group as "users", with access "Create and delete files" (I set that using chown). But ...
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Can I run this on a usb hard drive on my desktop that is currently running windows xp I do not have enough space to partition my drive? [duplicate]

Can I run this on a usb hard drive on my desktop that is currently running windows xp I do not have enough space to partition my drive ?
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Cannot access Disk settings for external USB drive and drive does not sleep

I have a Seagate Plus 4 TB external USB 3.0 hard drive and am running stock Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit. The OS is running on my internal hard drive. External is for backups. I always had my drive set to ...
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Installed Ubuntu 14.04 to external drive on Windows 8 system. Now can't boot windows without external disk attached?

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on an external USB disk drive from a Windows 8 system. If I reboot the system with the external disk attached then I can successfully boot Ubuntu or Windows 8. The ...
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How mount NTFS - External Hard Drive at startup with execute permission

I want to change steam library to my NTFS - External Hard Drive but it shows New steam library folder must be on a filesystem mounted with execute permission So how mount my NTFS - External ...
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Unable to mount WD My Book on 14.04

I broke my UBU system few days ago and accidentally formatted the drive with valuable data on. We have been able to recover the data on MacBook and transfer them to My Book. But anything I tried ...
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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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Won't log in after fresh install of 13.04 to external HDD [closed]

I'm using a computer with a busted internal HDD so I'm trying to install Ubuntu (13.04, the only live disc I have) to an external HDD, but when it boots to the logon screen and I type my password, or ...
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USB HDD cache problem?

I have an ADATA SH14 500GB external HDD. When I connect it to the Ubuntu Server, I have the following error: sd 7:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching mode page found sd 7:0:0:0:[sdb] Assuming drive cache: write ...
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Ubuntu External HDD Login error

I have Ubuntu installed on my external hard drive. It runs pretty decently until I leave it for a minute. Once it comes out of suspension, it asks for my password. After entering my password, the ...
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Can't use Seagate Backup Plus external hard drive on this laptop

So somebody is letting me use their laptop with Ubuntu 13.10 on it, as my own laptop is currently needing repairs. I'm very new to Linux in general, so it's like I'm learning computers all over again. ...
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grub can't find normal.mod but its apparently in the directory its looking, help

I tried installing Ubuntu onto an external hard drive but upon boot-up I get an error. The error complains about an invalid external. I tried re-installing my system in case I did something wrong ...
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Problem in copying file

I'm using Seagate 2TB expansion external harddisk there is some problem in copying the media files (video,audio) I mean that after copying the file they exist in harddisk but not playing they show ...
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How can I install Ubuntu on external hard drive?

I want to install persistent Ubuntu to my external USB HDD to be able to access my files and programs on any computer. It's been discussed here, but I'd like a more complete guide as to how do I ...
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Running Ubuntu on an external hard drive and risk accidentally disconnecting it?

I am getting a new laptop soon and unfortunately it only has 256gb ssd. I don't really want to partition it since that would leave me with a meager amount of space. I also want to keep my Windows 8.1. ...
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How to copy files to an external HDD from Ubuntu live session?

I have a 320 Gigs HDD with no partition and Ubuntu installed on it, but I can't see the display when it enters lock screen or the desktop. I tried running Ubuntu through a live USB Flash drive and it ...
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iMac G5 new hard drive

Please bear with me, as I'm not the best with computers. I have a MacBook Air (Mid 2011 model) currently running Mavericks. I also recently got a free iMac G5 PPC (A1076) that came without an ...
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Problem with external disk

During working on computer I accidentally disconnected external drive form computer. Since then Ubuntu doesn't see disk. I tried to seek solution to me problems, but I failed. May be someone here will ...
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install ubuntu on an external hard disc

Not long ago I bought a new PC brand Lenovo. I make W7 install because some Windows programs interest me and I need them. From the Ubuntu website I downloaded 14.04. LTS and I burned on a DVD. Now it ...
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Slow desktop performance on dualscreen setup with Nvidia proprietary drivers

Ok so here is my situation: I have a 2 monitor setup up that works great with my windows computer. I have a nvidia gforce 650 ti boost with both monitors attached to it. I downloaded the latest ...
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Installing Ubuntu on a USB 3.0 stick? Suggestions

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 on an 16GB flash USB 3.0 stick and performances are quite good however I wonder whether installing it on an external USB 3.0 hard drive would increase the general speed. I ...
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I can't access specific data from my HDD [duplicate]

re-edit 12/6/2014 I did what was proposed and now I can mount again the HDD. But there is a specific folder that has most of the data and this is why I set the question in the first place.The disk ...
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How do I encrypt an external (USB) hard drive

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and I have a Western Digital external hard drive (Passport Ultra) mounted. I want to encrypt the entire drive. WD has Windows and Mac utilities available, but nothing for ...
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External Hard Drive erased and possibly corrupted after partition change on gparted

I have a WD Elements external hard drive and I used it on my Windows to install Ubuntu 14.04. I then used gparted to bring back Windows and run a dual-boot, so I changed the external hard drive's ...
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Retrieving data from accidentally formatted hard drive (after trying with testdisk)

I have accidentally formatted my external hard drive (500GB, Toshiba). I tried to retrieve data by using testdisk but without success. Does anyone have any other idea? Thanks
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Ubuntu VM does not detect external disk attached to host.

I have install Ubuntu on VM using this guide - http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Ubuntu-on-VirtualBox Install went O.K - and it's working but when I connect an external hard disk - it's won't show me ...
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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 ...