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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Install Ubuntu on external disk ,Mac OS

The Problem I met is how to install ubuntu in a very tricky enviornment: My computer is a Macbook Pro (bought in 2013). My OS now is Mac OS and a windows 7 in bootcamp. Since my Mac Pro only have 256 ...
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How to run full ubuntu installation from external hard drive?

Please bare with me: So I'd like to re-purpose my previous laptop as a desktop (seeing as it has decent specs), the problem is is that the hard drive is shot (failing) so installing Ubuntu on to that ...
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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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Why is my external USB hard drive sometimes completely inaccessible?

I have an external USB hard drive, consisting of an 1 TB SATA drive in a Rosewill RX35-AT-SU SLV Aluminum 3.5" Silver USB 2.0 External Enclosure, plugged into my SONY VAIO VGN-NS310F laptop. It is ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 difficulties with first time startup on USB external hard drive

Today I decided to finally try out Ubuntu, so I followed the Windows installation guide. I downloaded the Desktop Ubuntu 12.10 ISO for Windows, and used the Pen Drive Linux USB Installer to install ...
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front usb wont mount harddrives, internal usb ports do

I have noticed something in my new build, i am using Ubuntu desktop newest version my motherboard is the asus f1a75-m pro R2.0 with the usb ports in the back all my NTFS hard disks or usb sticks work ...
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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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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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Can't copy from hfs+ external

I've spent days and days trying to figure this out, but still can't. I think I've read every article on this and tried all there is to try, and I still can't copy any file from my mac-formatted hfs+ ...
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Issues mounting WD 320 External in 12.10

So, I'm a brand new user to this OS. I'm trying to access my external Western Digital MyBook 320gb USB HD, but the automount feature isn't working. I've read and attempted several suggestions from ...
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How do I make music and videos from an external hard drive show up on the lens filters?

Using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with Unity. I keep all my music and movies on an external hdd and I was wondering if there was a way to make the media on the hdd show up on the dash and its lens filters.
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Why won't my external hard drive work?

A buddy of mine recommended Linux Mint 14 for me, and I've been using it ever since. Yesterday afternoon I was on with my external hard drive, and the hard drive slipped right off the table. I yanked ...
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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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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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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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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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Installation to external hard drive - not booting

I have the same problem as Why does my external hard drive not boot I tried all suggested solutions on the web even I removed the internal hard drive and I let the installation use all the external ...
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How to change the path of folders in home directory to an external HDD?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I'm trying to change the path from the special folders (I mean the ones in my home directory) to folders on my external HDD. I already auto-mounted the HDD by adding a ...
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“Installation Type” options

I am trying to install ubuntu onto my external drive via liveUSB.I created three parts called root,swap and home by using GParted.Now it time to install Ubuntu .I came to "Installation Type" window.I ...
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Use USB external HDD to install Ubuntu

So I want to install Ubuntu by booting it from my external USB drive, as is outlined here. The thing is, I read here that the drive will be erased. My external drive is a 500GB HDD with a LOT of stuff ...
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How to make an Ubuntu installation on external HDD boot on any system?

When installing Ubuntu 12.04 to an external HDD using Ubiquity, it installs GRUB2 to that HDD. Such installation works fine on the machine on which it was created, but on any other machine everything ...
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Cannot access deja-dup backup

My laptop is being repaired and I need to access the files on my encrypted HDD (which I regularly back up with Deja-Dup). Is there a way of accessing these backed-up files through WIndows or mac?
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Can I install Ubuntu on the same hard drive I booted with?

I booted Ubuntu using an external hard drive. Is it possible to install it on the same hard-drive without unplugging or turning it off? I only have one working USB port and the internal PC hard-drive ...
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Triple boot Ubuntu, Windows and Mac problem

I run on an intel core 2 duo late 2009 imac 21.5" I have rEFIt installed which changes boot camp (efi or w.e) to show a triple os boot, mac, windows, and linux. I want to install to my WD Elements ...
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Grub fatal error during installing to external hard drive (sdb)

So I worked out a proper way to partition the external hard drive (see link below) and do the right partitions for ubuntu. However during the install not far from the end, it says the grub or boot ...
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Is my HDD broken?

I have an external USB HDD which I think is broken. When I plug it in nothing happens. Can we confirm that is broken? Here is dmesg output: [ 7998.225453] usb 2-1.2: USB disconnect, device number 10 ...
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Can I install 12.10 on an external HD that will become an internal drive in another system without changing my Windows 7 system?

How can I install 12.10 on an external hard drive that I plan to put into another computer that will only run Ubuntu? I have this drive connected to my Windows 7 and the reason I'm asking is because ...
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Can Ubuntu recognize an external disk drive created by windows xp?

I have an external Hard Drive Formatted under Windows XP, Can I manage this drive in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Right now the drive is invisible to Ubuntu. How can I use such a drive without reformatting it?
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external hard drive not detected after ubuntu crash [restarting machine]

today i tried to watch movie [with vlc media player] from my external hard drive [expansion portable 500 GB], and it's play good, then pause the movie and play it again, and my Ubuntu crashed! ...
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invalid extent - grub rescue

TRANSLATION I've Ubuntu 12.04 and ArtistX on a laptop with a external HDD. These work great. After this I installed these in two PC and I get the next message on both: -error: invalid extent. ...
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Setting up external HDD to be accessable from Android device

I am a brand new Ubuntu user on 12.04 and am trying to figure out how to set it up so that I can access my external from my android device from any location. I use the external for all my media and ...
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Updating new files in a external disk

I bought a 750GB external hard disk a couple months ago. So the first time I copied all my stuff (documents, photos, music ...). After a while I wanted to update the data in my external disk, but I ...
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“Empty Partition!” in Mac after created that with Disk Utility

I just got a new hard drive yesterday, 2TB, and copied across all the files I needed, into two partitions in the new 2TB Disk, that I created in Disk Utility (command palimpsest). One was 500GB and ...
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How to partition external USB without losing data?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.4 on a 8GB thumb drive. Every time I restart I lose my settings because I don't have enough room. So I want to install it on my 160GB external USB drive (FAT32). My issue is, I ...
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I have a small SSD hard drive, can I view/edit/add files in my folder system without storing them locally?

Since I have limited space on my computer I would like to store the files on the ubuntu one cloud and not locally on my SSD. But it is a hassle to edit/add/view files through my web browser on ...
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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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alternative ways of mounting USB NTFS external-hdd

I mount my Samsung hard disk through this command sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /media/Samsung BUT it doesn't work except after running the command sudo f-disk -l and waiting for it about 5 minutes to finish! ...
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Can't mount external hard drive

i have a problem accessing the data on my external hard drive. I recently did a fresh install but mistakenly left my external hard drive plugged in. When I tried to access the data on the external ...