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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Lost Harddisk data after creating Bootable disk with it

Today, I tried creating bootable disk(on external harddisk) in ubuntu using the below dd command and it erased all my harddisk's data. dd if=<source> of=/dev/sdb1 bs=<byte size>; sync ...
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How to install Linux applications onto an external hard drive [duplicate]

The laptop that I have acquired only came with a 16GB SSD. I installed XFCE onto it and now the SSD is almost completely full. I have an external hard drive with 1TB of memory, and I was wondering if ...
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Help installing ubuntu 14.04 with windows 8.1

To start off I'll let you all know I have a Lenovo T430s running the preinstalled windows 8.1. What my initial plan was (and I have yet to find a way to do it), was to install Ubuntu 14.01 onto an ...
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3tb GPT external drive mounting problems [duplicate]

I'm having trouble accessing all the partitions on an external 3tb harddrive. I've had it working in Mac10.9, and windows 7. The other similar questions here do not seem to resolve my issue. I'm ...
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Persistent data on external HDD

my dad's HDD has died in his laptop but he does not want me to open it up. It has been running Lubuntu for over a year but refuses to run Windows, but it is really ugly and hard for him to use. I plan ...
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USB 3.0 hard drives don't spin down when “safely removed” from Nautilus

I have a few external drives, some using external power, other being USB powered. I plug my USB 3.0 drive in a USB 3.0 port. When I "eject" the drive (from Nautilus) it keeps on spinning. When I "...
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Merging fat32 partition on external hard drive connected to ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I have WD 160 GB hard drive and i have formatted it to fat32 file system i want to merge all multiple FAT32 file system partition to make it one. how do i do it on ubuntu 12.04LTS. Would also like to ...
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File carving/recovering software 14.04.01

The story starts: Running ubuntu 13.10 -> copy files external -> update 14.04 -> copy files external -> update 14.10 -> Copy files external -> back to 14.04.1 -> Having no files in the external drive. ...
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Ubuntu Tries to Mount External HD on every Boot

Im using Ubuntu 14.04LTS 64bit. Everytime I switch on my laptop during boot time I get a message saying Failed to mount Elements(My External HardDrive) press T to retry S to skip and M to manually ...
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Recover from improper setup of backup drive using Label//UUID

Objective: Set up home multi-system (Mac, perhaps Win7, and other Ubuntus) backup capability using Seagate Backup Plus 3T drive connected to Ubuntu Studio 14.04. I would like to simplify the drive ...
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HDD mounts then immediately unmounts

My wife had received a virus on her iMac some time ago. When updating to the new OSX, the update had a critical failure. Several attempts to recover the drive through the Mac failed. I decided to take ...
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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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Cannot delete a folder

I have Segate backup + 1TB external HDD recently since 1 month i am unable to copy the files effectively sometimes the copying is 10 kb/s like that. and sometimes iam getting error like Input/output ...
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How do you install and run apps from a flash drive/ sd card

i have ubuntu on my chromebook, thus to save space, i would like to run apps from external storage. how do i do that.
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External Hard Drive Not Detected on 14.04

My external hard drive, which was working perfectly fine a couple days ago, is not being detected. There's no reason to suspect that it's broken as I have not really touched it. The HDD is connected ...
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How do I make grsync exactly mirror my hard drive over multiple backups?

I use grsync to backup my laptop's HDD to an external HDD on about a monthly schedule. The problem is that every time I move a folder to inside another folder on my laptop's HDD, grsync will not ...
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How to (using GUI) empty a flash drive's trash without emptying the computer's?

When you delete files from a flash drive or external hard drive, files go to a trash bin located physically in the drive. But in the GUI, both the external drive's trash and the computer's trash are ...
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Removable HDD defined in fstab causing problems at startup when not present

Recently I made some edits in my fstab file after some change in my partitions. (check Partitions mounted with fstab, not opening from Nautilus nor Unity sidebars ) In the process I wanted to include ...
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Problem in accessing hard drives by programs

Until today I used Ubuntu 12.04, but after many suggestions to update to 14.04, I finally did so. However, I am no longer able to use artemis (a DNA sequence analysis program) when it needs to open ...
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Buffer I/O errors

I notice that when I unmount my external HDD I sometimes getting messages in my logs which saying: Buffer I/O error on device sdX, logical block XX Where the X stands for the device for example: ...
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external hard drive permission error

I have an HP notebook with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and a Toshiba 1TB external hard drive. My laptop powered off unintentionally, and when I turned it back on I was no longer the "owner" of my external hard ...
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Format external hard drive to ext4 in command line [duplicate]

How do you format an external hard drive to ext4 via the command line in ubuntu?
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Problem with files in External Hard Disk

While making my USB bootable for the installation of UBUNTU using Disk Startup Tool in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the process was cancelled and disconnected my external hard disk from the laptop(The source ...
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Mounting external hard disk for all users at start up in ubuntu 14.04

Hi I am new to Ubuntu and recently installed 14.04 LTS. I am having issues with mounting external hard drives for all users at start up. For example, after start up if I login as a user A, only user A ...
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Shotwell : how to browse external library without external drive plugged-in

My laptop hard drive is running out of space so I decided to put my entire photo library (33000+ pictures, 160 Gb) on a dedicated external hard drive. The process went smoothly ... until I found out ...
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Sporadic problem making a directory in ntfs external drive

I have an NTFS formatted external drive that I use to back up my home directory and another directory called /virt which I use to store the files for a virtual box. Using rsync, I regularely back up ...
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My external hard drive keeps unmounting and remounting itself

I have a Seagate 500 GB desktop external drive. When I plug the drive in through USB 2.0, it immediately auto-mounts and functions for about 1 minute before unmounting itself. After a few more minutes ...
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Mac cannot use external hard drive after Ubuntu installation?

Please help. I wanted to install Ubuntu so I follow this guide: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-mac-osx I used my external hard drive to do this but then after I finished ...
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Can't change permissions on external drive, even though I am the owner. Can't write to it on other computers [duplicate]

I have an external drive that has only my user with read-write (all other groups as read-only). So when I mount it on another computer, I can't write to it. Yet, even though I am the owner, I can't ...
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How to dual boot ubuntu from an external hdd, with the ability to boot to windows without the exernal plugged in

I want to install the new version of Ubuntu on an external hard drive. My only problem is that if I try to turn my computer on without the hard drive plugged in, it wont boot at all. (I am assuming ...
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Safely Remove on External portable drive “Keeps remounting drive”

i have a problem trying to safely remove an external portable drive in Ubuntu 14.04 because when i tried to safely remove the drive it closes for a while but then just keeps coming back(mounts itself ...
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Not able to Mount External HDD on Linux

I have been using Windows 7 since long and after my laptop's motherboard has gone faulty I decided to purchase a laptop. As I had enough personal data in my HDD I converted my Laptop's internal HDD ...
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Where should I install the bootloader when I'm installing on external hard drive?

I'm on a mac on dual boot, I've got my hard drive partitioned so that it can run OS X and Windows. Now I've got an external hard drive that I want to install Ubuntu 14.04 on it and use it on my mac. ...
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Unable to mount my Windows partition drives in external Hard disk [duplicate]

I had an old laptop hard disk which was containing 5 drives created in Windows 7. When that laptop was got complaint I picked the hard disk and started using it as external hard disk. Now when I try ...
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External HDD not mounted error for backup with LuckyBackup

I've come across LuckyBackup to make regular backups on a external drive. I've tried in Ubuntu 12.04 and has run fine saving files to the external hdd. But when I try ty the same in 14.04 it gives ...
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How to recover Audio files from a External HDD?

I use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for everyday use, from coding to watching movie. I have a Dell's 1TB External Hard Drive. Where I organize all my files. In this Hard Drive there is a Directory 'Audio Music' ...
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Seagate Ext Drive 2TB now shows empty, all data is now listed ubder Seagate Ext Drive (1)

Seagate Ext Drive 2TB now shows empty, all data is now listed ubder Seagate Ext Drive (1). I can live with this but would like to get back to normal, ie all data contained in one drive, the original ...
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auto-mount not working on HDD

According to Disks my external HDD is set to automatic mount, but when I boot it isn't mounted. I need to pull out the USB cable and put it back in for it to start working. Is there a way for the HDD ...
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GRUB fails to load Windows in “dual-boot” with ubuntu

I've just installed Ubuntu from live DVD in my external HD to try it before using it in dual boot with windows 8. I deleted my Windows backup to make room for it so, even if I have the rescue disk I ...
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how to boot ubuntu from external hard drive

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 . Using GParted I have copied the Ubuntu partition to an external HDD connected via USB . The partition with Ubuntu on the external HDD has its flag set by GParted to "...
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How to change permission of a drive in an external hard disk?

I had an old laptop. When it got complaint I removed its hard drive and started using it as external hard disk. It has an 80 GB of memory allocation for the windows C drive partition. But now i don't ...
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Error using “cp” to copy files to an external disk

I have a 2TB external HDD formatted with exFat that I use to share very large files (>10GB) among Ubuntu, Windows 7 and MacOS. I am trying to copy the whole content of a directory using sudo cp -r . ...
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Windows wont boot when external HDD not connected, how can I fix this?

My current system is Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center. I wanted to try Ubuntu 14.04, and therefore I installed Ubuntu on an External HDD. (I followed some steps that I found on the internet) After ...
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How can I install applications (with apt-get) to an external disk?

I'm on a chromebook running Ubuntu inside a chroot via crouton. Thus, I have limited space. However, I have an external 32GB (extremely) high-speed SD Card. I'd like to install some of my larger ...
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Is it possible to install Ubuntu on external disks from an active workstation?

I am running Ubuntu on my workstation and have connected three blank drives to it. I would like to install three copies of Ubuntu onto the blank drives while continuing to work in my operating system. ...
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Mounting WD external hard drive mybook

UPDATE: When I put in dmesg after plugging the external hd in, the output is the following (last lines): [15233.307914] cfg80211: (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp) [...
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External Hard Drive Won't Mount on Ubuntu; Previous Solutions Did Not Work

My 4 TB Seagate BUP Fast HDD won't mount on my laptop, but it works fine on my Grandma's Ubuntu computer and my friend's PC. It is recognized in Disks, but won't mount, even when I tried the solutions ...
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USB to SATA cable adapter not recognizing hard drive

I have a hard drive with Linux Mint installed that I recently rescued from a dying computer and have been using a USB to SATA adapter that comes with an external power adapter to try to get some data ...
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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 ...