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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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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Sharing an External Hard Drive between Users

On Ubuntu 14.04, I would like to be able to share an external USB hard drive between users. I have two users, my girlfriend and I, and an HDD that usually remains connected. It's not always connected, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Cant See the contents of my External Hard Drive in Ububtu 14.04

I am fairly new to linux. I've Ubuntu 14.02 installed on my desktop. i used to plug in my 1TB external hard drive and get my work done there only(Study,Movies,Music etc..), I was able to access the ...
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Why is my PC freezing while I'm copying a file from an external hdd?

Are more than 200GB of data to transfer, when in 150GB if I open a second window to access the same partition of external hdd, will do system freezes. So only mouse moves. I found this tip: The ...
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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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Disk spinning down

Is there any reason why when I eject my external HDD the disk keeps on spinning? I never get this problem with same external HDD on Windows & Mac. It annoys me having eject it, and then run this ...
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mounting network attached hdd( mybook) on ubuntu permission denied

I have tried following the suggestions at How do I access an external hard drive plugged into my router? and tried both the usage of smbfs as suggested by the accepted answer(gave problems with smbfs) ...
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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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Can't access external drives in Lubuntu 15

While I never experienced this problem in Ubuntu, the Lubuntu 15.10 version very frequently does not allows to access external drives. Nothing happens after connecting the drive, and if you click on ...
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can i move the extended pertition and resize the ext4 partition to the rest of the disk

i have cloned my 60 GB hard drive to a 640 GB but i can't resize the ext4 partition because the extended partition is in the way, so i would like to know if i can move it without braking something and ...
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Install Ubuntu 14.04.3 lts on external hard drive [duplicate]

I want to install Ubuntu on an external hard drive so I can bring it wherever I go. I'm not sure how to install it directly onto the external drive. Please comment below if you need anything. ...
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how to copy file from external hard disk to Ubuntu on my PC

I am using Ubuntu mate on my PC. I want to copy video from my hard disk to my PC. When I connect, I will get notification but when I search I am not able to find my hard disk folder. Please help me.
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Unknown FAT for HDD on Ubuntu 14.04

I'm new to Linux (Ubuntu 14.04) and I'm not sure how to configure computer systems yet (although I really want to learn how it all works). I'm trying to enter into my external HDD through GUI (I don't ...
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Unable to safely remove Seagate 1TB external device from ubuntu. It reconnects and the device browser opens automatically.

I'm unable to safely remove the external device from the system as it reconnects automatically and I am afraid that removing it forcefully while it's still connected with the LED glowing might corrupt ...
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Move External HD to Internal without Reformatting?

I was in the process of tidying up my desk. Decided to connect 2 external HD's internally through Sata. The disks are being recognized, aren't mounting and when viewed in gparted are showing that the ...
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Mount\Install external SSD on HP Envy 15T Notebook with Linux Mint

I wiped my hard drive and installed Linux Mint as my sole OS and I have been working through the transition challenges. So far I have had problems installing the SD Card Reader, the Web Cam, and now ...
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Install Ubuntu on an external SSD [duplicate]

I've been unable to install OSX onto an SSD (I tried two different drives, internally and externally), and I'd now like to see if installing Ubuntu might work. I have a Dell Inspiron running Ubuntu, ...
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Freecom external USB disk shown as two different devices 2TiB and 746GiB

I just bought an external USB disk called "Freecom Hard Drive XS 3TB" (user manual). Immediately after unpacking, I plugged it into Ubuntu and it shows as two devices (/dev/sda is my laptop's drive): ...
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Cannot fsck or e2fsck to repair disk. dumpe2fs returns “Couldn't find valid filesystem superblock.”

I've been dealing with this hard disk problem all day. External Seagate disk I've foolishly failed to back up still is recognized by PC but cannot be read. When I try to follow the steps here, it ...
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External HDD won't work after using cipher/encrypting files

It's the second time with another HDD and I can't explain why it's happening this. I used gpg --cipher-algo AES256 -c file to encrypt some files directly on the external drive and after I unplug it ...
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Problems while resizing bootable external drive :-(

Gparted hangs while trying to resize the existing ext4 bootable partion. How should I resize it to hold another partition for Windows ? In more details, I had made the 1TB external drive bootable (...
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Keeping External Drive From Stopping

I recently managed to install Ubuntu 15.10 on my Macbook Air on a 499 GB partition with 1 GB swap space, all on my USB connected 1 TB Seagate Expansion External Drive. The problem is, whenever I close ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 not booting even after grub reinstall and Boot-repair

After installing fresh Windows 10 on my Laptop, my external hard drive doesn't boot previously installed Ubuntu. Even though the grub menu appears at the beginning, after selecting ubuntu, the screen ...
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ubuntu 15.04 not detecting my external hard disk

ubuntu 15.04 not detecting my external hard disk. And also everything runs very slow. When i start ubuntu screen flickers with different colours and when i click flies ya settings it takes ages to ...
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In Ubuntu 15.10, external USB hard disks constantly spin up and down

When my Ubuntu 15.10 system is relatively idle, the external hard drives will constantly spin down about every 10 minutes only to spin back up about 10 minutes later. How do I disable or lengthen the ...
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lsusb does not show my plugged in usb device

lsusb shows usb device when I boot from USB and select "Try ubuntu" but lsusb does not show my usb devices when I boot up in the full installation of Ubuntu 14.04
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How to create a chron backup to both external hard drive and online service?

I need to create a chron backup to both external hard drive and online service (using ftp). I would like : only one software tool to do that; a daily backup to my external drive ; a weekly backup ...
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Unable to resize external NTFS HDD

I have unmounted but it is not able to decrease the size of NTFS partition. The partition size is fixed. Why am I not able to change/decrease the current partition size ?
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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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Don't show a window for the removable devices

Every time I connect a removable device, a Nautilus window with its contents pops up. Can I disable it somehow?
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Is WD elements with NTFS format supported on Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I brought a WD Elements 1tb external hdd and I'm planning to install Ubuntu on my laptop.(not a dual boot). So I was wondering will the hdd work on Ubuntu, it's ntfs formatted.I dont want to format it ...
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Problem with mounting external HDD

I am having difficulties with mounting an external 750 GB HDD on my toshiba satellite laptop. I am currently running Ubuntu OS, 14.04, 64-bit. Since I bought an SSD, I was thinking of using my old HDD ...