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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ubuntu 13.04 - can't see external ntfs drive

I have upgraded from ubuntu 12.10 to 13.04 (x64) and from kde v4.10 to v4.11. Same kernel 3.8. Since the upgrade I have an issue with my Verbatim store'n go 500Gb usb external drive recognition, it ...
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Ubuntu having hard time loading my Adata HE720 External Hard Disk

Please do not tag this as duplicate for I desperately need an exact answer. I've been reading a lot of post regarding this but I really can't relate on the codes. Here's the problem: I've been using ...
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Unable to read my external hard drive

whenever i plug in my external hard drive it show a error as follows : #Unable To Mount 125 GB File system# Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 13: ntfs_mst_post_read_fixup_warn: magic: ...
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Recover Data from External 1TB HDD

I'm currently running Ubuntu 13.04 and my external hard drive no longer seems to mount. I've tried plugging it into a Windows OS Laptop and it comes up with a corruption error when trying to access ...
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Invalid filename issue when I transfer files on Ubuntu to the external drive

I backup files on Ubuntu 12.04 to the external drives. The WD external drive works well. But the Maxell external drive cannot recongnize some files names, such as the saved .html files with '|' or ...
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troubles connecting USB3 drive

I have two distinct PC with the same issue. If I connect an external USB3 HDD to the front panel I get a lot of issues. Sometimes it is recognized but I get errors transferring files, other times it ...
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Something went wrong with my external HD (Ubuntu can't mount it)

Here is my output from the fdisk command: sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = ...
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how can i get ubuntu to recognize my external hardrive

I have an toshiba cavio external harddrive and i cant get ubuntu to recognize it. I have searched online and other places and still i find no answer. The disk manager recognized it but its not ...
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Which filesystem should I use to format my external backup HDD? btrfs?

I have a new external USB drive I plan to use for storing backups only. (It is a WD Red 2TB NAS Hard Drive SATA III model WD20EFRX mounted in a USB enclosure.) The drive came without a partition ...
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Mount error on new, empty External HDD - ext4

Apologies if this seems like a very similar question to others already on the site. I have searched for a few hours now for solutions, but nothing seems to be quite the same. I recently (2 days ago) ...
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Drive ownership and permission - How do I make it accessible to all?

I have an external drive on which I backed up data from another external drive using my Ubuntu 12.10 system. Now it would seem that there is a problem with folder and file permissions on the drive as ...
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External Drive Data is not available on other OS other than Ubuntu

I have 1 TB HDD . It was working well both in Ubuntu and windows , But three days go I can see my data and folders in Ubuntu only . But when I insert this HDD on other system having windows it is ...
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Unable to write into external HDD and in its properties no file system format details are shown in Ubuntu 13.04

I have recently changed OS from Ubuntu 12.10 to 13.04. Then onwards my external HDD (mounted as VIVEK) became read only. When I try to create a new folder it shows an error msg as shown in figure. ...
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Ubuntu on external HDD accessed from mac and windows

I have an external 2T HDD, an iMac intel, a windows laptop and a router (Airport Extreme). I'd like to install ubuntu on the ext HDD and have access to it either from the iMac or windows machine ...
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How do I disable a HDD/Pen drive LED blinking?

I want hardware config on ubuntu for pen drive LED blinking.
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External Hard Drive Drop/Fall

I actually am having a problem for which I would really appreciate some advice. Yesterday night my external 500GB (USB) hard drive (a big one, with case) fell. It was on my PC and fell down on the ...
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Cant´t safely remove external hdd

Hi I have a new external hdd and when I want to remove it I can unmount it but if I want to use the "remove it safely" option it tells that is not possible and gives me this message: Error detaching: ...
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Use of an external Hard Drive for backups

I have acquired an used external HD (a WD Passport) that I'm planning to use for the backup of important files - I was thinking of using it with Déjà Dup. Should I format it beforehand? Which ...
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Can i store files and boot from the same External hard drive?

is it possible to run Ubuntu from an external hard drive and store files(music, movies, games) in that very same external hard drive? BTW the external hard drive i have is basically a 2.5" 200GB ...
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Using Ext4 partitions on external storage

If I want to use a USB flash memory or an external hard disk to transfer data and at the same time I want to use ext4 partitions on them. How could I do that without getting problems regarding ...
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How to install Ubuntu in a external hard drive?

I already know how to make a bootable flash drive. My question kind of involves this. I would love to make a portable hard drive with the bootable version of Ubuntu on it and be able to save my files ...
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Hard Drive too slow

My computer has been going too slow since I remember, I tried several tips I found on Internet but nothing worked. After spending some time searching about the problem I found that it might be my hard ...
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Does installing Ubuntu from itself on a flash drive install it on my hard drive?

I apologize for the horribly worded title, but it's all I could think of. Anyway, I have a MacBook Pro and I've followed the instructions here: ...
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Are the problems with installing ubuntu to an external hard drive fixed in ubuntu 13.04?

I have a Macbook Pro that is currently running OSX. I installed ubuntu on a Windows laptop I had lying around to try it out. I liked it a lot but I didn't want to commit any space to it on my internal ...
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Format ASUS external hard drive AN300

I am trying to format a new external HDD of ASUS (model AN300). Ubuntu recognizes only a "CD ROM" when I plug it to the computer, names ASUS Webstorage. I tried to follow instructions, on this link. ...
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External Hard Drive Won't Mount But Is Detected

Yesterday I bought an external drive and after reformatting it to ext4, Ubuntu could no longer "see" it. I asked for help, and eventually came to the conclusion that the drive was somewhat defective. ...
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Can I share my external hard drive used for backup with other item?

I bought a pretty large external hard drive to backup my computer with and I have used Deja Dup a couple times. I noticed I have a directory DDBackup on my external hard drive now. Can I use my ...
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Running Ubuntu from External HDD. Boots very slowly

I've installed Ubuntu 13.04 on an external hard drive (usb2) and when I boot, it takes ages to get past the purple screen. Otherwise, the performance is perfectly fine. Is this just a symptom of slow ...
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Ubuntu installed into partition of external HD not booting

I recently installed ubuntu 13.04 onto two partitions on my external hard drive. I didn't use the whole drive because I have other things on it. When I installed, I manually selected one partition for ...
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Installing Ubuntu on an External Hard Disk

I found this question and it is very similar to my situation. I am satisfied with zkriesse's answer but I want to know whether data in my external hard disk would be lost using this method. And what ...
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I want to put Ubuntu on a bootalbe external USB hard drive

Putting Ubuntu on a bootable external USB drive looks pretty straight forward but I might need a little help... I'm only on chapter 8 of a 30+ chapter book... My problem is I have to 3 different ...
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Slow USB transfer speeds

I am experiencing very slow USB transfer speeds when trying to backup files to a USB HDD. I am not entirely sure when the problem 1st occured but there was definitely a period using 12.04 where ...
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i want to buy a portable 1TB HDD [closed]

i want to buy a portable 1TB HDD, which should be supportable in Ubuntu as well as Microsoft windows (xp and above). Can any one suggest me a good HDD?
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WD external HD no working

I have a password protection on my external HDD and in windows I'm always prompted to input the password when I connect my external HDD to it. But in Ubuntu it mounts fine but it does not request me ...
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Formatting External Hard Drives

Is there any way I can re-format my external hard drive to accept larger data files without erasing the current stored data on the drive??
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Copy file to External Hard Disk

My UBUNTU (desktop part) does not boot completely because of low disk space; I logged in to terminal using my username and password, try to copy some file from /home/UserName/Desktop to my external ...
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File operations not permitted on ntfs file system on Thoshiba 1TB external hard disk in Ubuntu 11.10

Recently I buy a Thoshiba external hard disk. And I make a NTFS partition. Now it is read only mode in Ubuntu 11.10. Now I can't able to copy from my system / create folder in HDD. But copying from ...
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Suspend or hibernate Ubuntu running from an external USB Hard drive (or flash drive)?

I have Ubuntu 13.04 installed on a external USB hard drive and I have been using it without any major issues in different computers. However, I recently was working on something important and decided ...
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Windows doesn't recognize external hard-drive after installing Ubuntu (on internal hard-drive)

I have installed ubuntu on my internal hard-drive using windows ubuntu installer and everything worked perfectly. I am able to run both windows7 and ubuntu. I also have an external hard-drive which I ...
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Installing Ubuntu on a HDD

I recently purchased a 2TB WD MyBook external hard-drive with the intention of installing Ubuntu on it in a way that will allow me to simply plug it in to any computer and boot MY Ubuntu from ...
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Change Ownership of External Hard Drive?

I recently bought an external hard drive on Ebay, I received it and plugged it into my laptop and when I tried moving files onto it, it refused me to drag them on. I looked into the properties of the ...
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Dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.10

I can't boot into Windows 7 from GRUB, or can't boot into Linux from Windows 7 I have 2 HDD, on 1 I have Windows 7 and on other I have Linux. Both HDD are working properly. Help me to correct dual ...
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USB External Hard drive unplugged but still shows up!

I am running on Ubuntu 12.04. I have physically unplugged an external hard drive from my laptop, but for some reason it is still shown as mounted in Nautilus. When trying to get rid of it by ...
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Transfer speeds - running Ubuntu from external HDD via eSATA

Would it be too slow to run Ubuntu from an external HDD via eSATA or would I not tell the difference?
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Installing Ubuntu 13.04 on external HDD safer than dual boot with windows 8 on samsung NP780z5e

With all the Samsung/Linux boot scares, Would it be safer to just install to an external HDD?. I have a Samsung Chronos Series 7 touchsreen NP780Z5e.
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Can Ubuntu access files within an old operating system on an External Hard Drive?

My laptop is dying (motherboard issue) and I'm due to receive my new laptop tomorrow. I'm considering converting the current hard drive (SATA, 350GB) into an external hard drive using a SATA-to-USB ...
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Installed kubuntu on a usb stick, want to go back to windows

I am running Windows 8, I installed kubuntu on a usb stick. Now when i remove usb stick i get an error "no such device exists", I want to get rid of kubuntu and this error. I am not linux user so ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 changing permissions External Hard Drive from Terminal [duplicate]

I am attempting to rescue files from a broken system via the root terminal of the recovery console. I have a seagate 2TB external hard drive. Output of sudo fdisk -l: /dev/sdb1 is the device boot ...
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Booting problem from external hard drive

I installed Ubuntu 12.10 on an external hard drive using an Acer One netbook (Windows XP) and used the same external disk with another desktop PC (Windows XP). Now it does not load Ubuntu. Instead I ...
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Purple screen after installing to external hard drive

I have Windows 7 64 on my laptop (MSI GX660). I downloaded the 64 bit Ubuntu 12.10 install onto a 1GB USB drive, rebooted, and installed onto a 1TB USB external HDD. I followed this guide I then ...