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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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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Do I absolutely need to format my Ext HDD in order to use it to install Ubuntu?

My goal is to run Windows 8.1 on my Laptop from the factory-installed HDD, and use the same EXT USB 3.0 HDD that I use to backup my files as the location for my Ubuntu Install. I am under the ...
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How to mount a WD500 gb external drive on ubuntu 13.10 running on trial through pen drive

I have installed ubuntu 13.10 on my 16gb pen drive. I launched Ubuntu by clicking 'try' and not installing it on my laptop. I connected a newly purchased 500GB WD Elements External Drive. - It is ...
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Recovering Very Important Lost Data From external hard drive when copying it

I was trying to copy back up documents file on my external HD and something didn't work. When I went back to the external hd to retry the copy, the file was gone. How can I recover a file on an ...
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Files tranfered from ubuntu to an external NTFS hdd are UNREADABLE in Windows. Why?

Transfered files from Ubuntu-ext4 to NTFS HDD are UNREADABLE in Windows. I have transfered files from ext4 Ubuntu hdd[my notebook] to an external NTFS HDD used in windows[a workstation]. Before i ...
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Data recovery from erased external HDD NTFS partion

I have erased my 1TB NTFS external HDD using Startup disk Creator accidentally. Is there any possibility I can get back my data.
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Prevent mounting a partition in fstab

So I feel really bad for asking this question because it looks like it has been asked a million times on the internet. I am even finding a very consistent answer, and I am not getting any errors when ...
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Every USB hard drive connected to Ubuntu loses partition information

Whenever I connect an external USB hard drive with an NTFS partition to my Ubuntu driven netbook all partitions are lost for Windows machines and listed as RAW. Sequence: ⠀USB hard drive with NTFS ...
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Ubuntu on an external HD windows 7 and 8 machines

I have just installed Ubuntu 13.10 onto an external hard drive using my windows 7 hp laptop. When I installed it on the HD I put the bootloader onto the HD itself, however when I plug the external hd ...
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Running Ubuntu from External Hard Drive

Hey everyone I'm having issues with running Ubuntu 13.10 off an external drive I have hooked up to my laptop (HP DV6 Windows 7) via USB. Anyhow, I have Ubuntu 13.10 installed on a hard drive which ...
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I can´t access the data from my external hard disc drive

I have installed ubuntu 13.10 on my new Laptop and I want to copy my data from my iMac to my new Laptpo using an external hard disc drive (Elements 500GB). I did a BackUp on my Mac and when I check ...
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Trying to install Ubuntu on external hd, but says Missing OS

I am trying to come back to Linux after switching computers, but am having trouble installing Ubuntu. The external hard drive works with universal usb installer (including preformatting it to FAT32), ...
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wd my book 3tb external usb 3.0 drive having issues

I am having an issue when using my wd my book 3tb usb 3.0 external drive in the 3.0 I/o port on my asrock 990fx extreme9 board. I installed the etron usb 3.0 driver while it was connected into the ...
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External hard drive disappears even during file operation

I have a Western Digital Green 2TB SATA disk in an ICY BOX IB-368STU3-B box connected via USB 3.0. At a certain moment, the disk is not available anymore (and the blue LED on the back of the box shut ...
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No permission to automount external HDD using ntfs-3g

I wanted to modify my mount options for my NTFS external HDD so that I can execute programs on it. I added the following line to my fstab accordingly: UUID=CE665A3F665A290B /media/Josh ntfs-3g ...
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Partition and preserve data

I use Ubuntu 12.04 and have an external HD of 4 tera formated in FAT. There is a lot of data in this HD, much more than the note and take. I would like to create NTFS partitions in the external HD ...
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HFS ownership on USB EHDD

I no longer have a iMac, I am using ubuntu 12.04, my EHD has two partitions on it. The first is 1.8 TB, the second is about 200GB. The larger partition is HFS format, the smaller is FAT. I am trying ...
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What's wrong with my HDD? It takes 5 minutes to mount!

Every time I need to mount my hard disk, I need to do this: I type sudo fdisk -l into terminal I wait 5 minutes till it completes "its scan"; I mean till it shows up my HDD I input the mount command ...
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how do I unmount my phone

I am confused . Do I need to mount a new sd card or phone or usb stick or external hdd drive every time I plug it in? And I cannot see them if I accidentally close them. I do not know how to eject ...
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Change or Assign a Drive Letter to an external hard drive (or any drive)

I have an external hard drive that I formatted with Ubuntu (using the Gnome Disk Utility aka Disks) as an NTFS file system. Most of my computers in the house run Linux but I have a house mate using ...
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Unable to mount USB 3.0 external drive

[update: i've tried reformatting the drive as HFS+ and still run into this problem] I have a 1TB Lacie USB 3.0 external hard drive that is formatted as exfat. I can't get it to mount my Intel NUC ...
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when I start my computer I can see my flash drive. But when I click it…it goes away

When I start my computer. I can see my flash drive. But when I click it it goes away. How can I show it again. (something similar to 'mycomputer' in windows)
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Cannot boot from external HDD

Alright guys I'm new here and I need a hand, I've looked at dozens of other posts and nothing has helped me solve this. I'll try to give as much information as possible but if you need more just say ...
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Installing Ubuntu on external hard drive (boots to black screen)

Hey everyone this is my first post here on the askUbuntu forums. I've been an avid Linux user for over a year now but by no means an expert. The problem I'm facing is one I have not been able to ...
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What partitions to create on external hard disk?

It won't boot and gives me a NTLDR error when I select it via my bios. I've tried using a USB stick, but after a couple of writes it's no longer recognized. I currently have an HP pavilion lappy ...
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MacBook Pro boots from 8GB start-up USB, but not from external drive

I have what seems to be an odd anomaly on my hands. I'm trying to run Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my 2010 MacBook Pro. I'd like to run it externally. I used my desktop installation of 12.04 and my 12.04 LTS ...
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Unable to recognize SATA Wire USB

This is the specific product I purchased at Best Buy: http://www.apricorn.com/products/not...ta-wire-3.html I bought it in the hopes of recovering files from a laptop who's screen was cracked. ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 issue reading hard drive

My laptop used to keep crashing. So I got a new one. The hard drive of my old laptop- they put in a case and I was able to read it as soon as I got home. But now, when I try to mount it, I get an ...
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Folders disappering from External Hard Drive in 13.10

I recently upgraded my ASUS netbook from 10.04 to 10.10. Now whenever I plugin my External HArd Drive few folders start to disapper from the External HDD. Again I plucked it back and few more folders ...
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How to use a pre-installed Ubuntu, which is on an external drive to boot from any computer?

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my external hard drive and it works fine on the computer it was originally installed from. But when I attempt to boot the external drive from another computer; all ...
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How to trigger a script when an external USB disk is mounted?

I need to automatically copy images off a camera when it is inserted into the USB port. I've written a script to do the copying, and I've found that, by creating a file ...
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External USB 3 HDD not recognized after new install

I have a MacBook Pro (2013) with lots of Ram and used an install DVD to perform a clean install on a Toshiba 1 TB USB 3 portable HDD (hereafter called THDD) The install of Ubuntu 12, downloaded just ...
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How can I install Ubuntu on an external hardrive from Windows?

I want to install Ubuntu 12.04 on an external hard drive from Windows 7 itself so that I can do other things while it is installing. The tutorials I saw on Google tell me to first get it on a DVD and ...
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Days later, cannot get ubuntu to work at all

and I apologize if this is a repetitive question. Unfortunatly I have been trying for the past 2 days to run ubuntu. I've never install/run an OS from a usb or external hard drive before. I have a ...
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Is there any way to store file thumbnails in each partition? (XFCE)

Is it possible to persuade Xubuntu to store file thumbnails for an external hard drive into the drive itself instead of the home folder? Benefits include avoiding the ~/.thumbnails folder to get too ...
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Running Ubuntu from external usb 2.0 HDD on MacBookPro 6,2 with i5 processor

I believe this question has been asked but I didn't see any actual answers so I figure I'll ask again and maybe someone will have come up with something. I have installed a copy of ubuntu 10.04 (I ...
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Unable to mount external 80 GB hard disk

I'm using Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 and I'm unable to mount my external HD. It's an 80 GB drive with only one FAT32 partition. The hard disk is working normally if it is plugged directly to the bus IDE on ...
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Can I change the file path of an external HD from media/<user> to media/? [duplicate]

(Edited this question: see below) Just upgraded from Ubuntu 12.04 to 13.10. I store all of my documents and projects on an external hard drive, and the upgrade process has added an extra ...
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Can I install Ubuntu on an external hard drive and make it bootable from any other computer?

As the title mentioned, please give some suggestions?
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Syncing a folder on computer with external drive

I know that there are some file sync options (particularly rsync) available, but I'm trying to do something specific with my sync. I have a Movies folder with tons of video files, and I'd like to have ...
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How to install Grub on an external hard drive? [duplicate]

I am a complete newbie to ubuntu and despite several online searches, I can't find a solution to installing grub on an external hard drive. Please help!
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WD Elements external HDD doesn't mount

I'm attempting to mount a WD Elements 1 TB drive on Linux, however it does not work. The drive is only visible through gparted. When I reformat the drive while on Linux, partitions work no matter what ...
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Is there a cross-platform file type system that works on MAC, W$ and Ubuntu?

The title says it all. I have a drive I will be accessing from Mac, Windows and Ubuntu. Though I only use Ubuntu, several of my family members did not convert yet and I need them to be able to access ...
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External drive not detected

I just installed ubuntu 13.10. When i plug in my external hard drive to access my files, it is not detected. I have no such problem when i was using windows 7. is there any solution to this kind of ...
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Ubuntu cannot be booted from external hard disk on another computer

I have recently installed Ubuntu 13.10 on a external hard disk by using a Windows 8 laptop. I wanted it to be accessible from any other computers. But I found that there were 2 "Ubuntu"s at the boot ...
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system freezes when connecting new external hard drive [closed]

I am logged in as root at the command line prompt. I have this new 4TB Western Digital My Book Studio USB2.0/3.0 external hard drive which I intend to use as backup storage. I tried plugging it in but ...
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Automatic synchronization or backup to External HDD at every plugin

I used to backup one partition to an external drive using grsync but now i have to backup different different folders to corresponding folders in External HDD. It would be helpful if they can be ...
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Install Ubuntu onto an external HDD then install that HDD in a computer?

I have a laptop that I set a BIOS password on and have since forgotten. I decided that I want to install Ubuntu onto the computer as the main and only OS but can't boot from a CD or USB drive and I've ...
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Install Ubuntu 13.10 on external firewire hard drive

I think I installed Ubuntu 13.10 on my external firewire hard drive(LaCie Rugged Triple) successfully, but I don't see any way to boot it. How can I solve this? I already have Mac Os X Lion and ...
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Any reason to NOT install both bootloader and Ubuntu to external HDD?

I currently have a dual boot arrangement on my primary (internal) HDD which includes Win7 and Ubuntu. I've also procured a 500 GB external USB HDD and was thinking of installing one or more distros on ...